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You are probably aware that contamination plays a big role down here on earth. There is a lot of newspaper coverage about contamination of our water and soil. Believe it or not, contamination even plays a role if we want to visit Mars! According to the Outer Space Treaty from 1967, Earth and other planets have to be preserved from contamination. Research on contamination of space vehicles before launch has been done before. In this activity, we will investigate how contamination spreads as we explore new worlds.
At the secondary level, the appropriate age level depends on how much mathematics is included in the optimization calculations and can be chosen flexibly.
3 hours (max.).
Create an educational framework with the goal to challenge our students and start the process of inquiry-based learning. The applicability of this approach extends to many subjects in the STEAM arena.
Students know what a model is.
Students can change one parameter in an experiment. They can explain why it is not ideal to change several parameters at the same time.
Students can differentiate between a linear and a nonlinear correlation.
Students are aware of contamination problems.
Students understand the hygienic and sustainable aspect when working in space.
Students can follow instructions for an experiment.
Students can articulate problems, ideas and solutions.