Year 11 Science - Life on Mars

Course selection will be active in August.

Course Description

This course will give you an understanding of the effect other astronomical bodies have on cycles on Earth, then we will look at the history of space travel and examine the ongoing efforts to have a crewed mission to Mars within the next 15 years. We will investigate the part New Zealand is now playing in the global space programme and how opportunities are arising to work in this exciting industry.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Critical thinking - evaluating the connections between evidence and ideas.
  • How the Earth is affected by the moon and the Sun to cause day, night, seasons, phases of the moon, eclipses etc.
  • Reading & writing - how to interpret texts to build understanding and communicate this in written form.
  • A look into the history of space exploration and possible futures for the industry.
  • Time management.
  • Survival of living things in space and the technology used.
  • Research skills in finding information, analysing information.

  • The exploration of Mars, past, present and future.

Resources Required

Scientific or graphic calculator
1B8 or 1E8 workbook or similar
14J8 Graph paper pad or similar

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