your teams have to determine if the comet will hit
the Moon, when this might happen, where, and how
much energy the collision will have. All of this
information will help Mission Control to determine
its plans. During the mission your teams will
receive data readings about every five
minutes. Each reading represents a simulated time of
30 minutes, beginning at 3:00 a.m. Mission Control
will need your classroom to be organized in four teams of students:
Moon Mapping Team: This team can have between 4 and 7 students. They will use math to
calculate the probabilities of danger of each lunar base.
Comet Tracking Team: This team can have between 4 and 7 students. The students will use math to calculate among other things, the time of impact of the comet, and how far the ejecta will reach.
Crisis Management Team: This team can have between 4 and 7 students working together. The team members will need to make agile decisions based on information they receive. One extra minute to make a decision could be the difference between the astronauts surviving the impact or not.
Choose two people to work as the Communications
Team. The Communications Officer will use the microphone and
the video link to communicate with Mission Control.
The Data Officer will type all team messages and
calculations into a chat and data window. This
person should be able to type well.
The students will need teamwork, planning, and
problem-solving skills to succeed. On Mission Day the math
skills will be put to the test. Practice the math
procedures needed for the mission.