This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to extremophiles, their habitats and the potential to find habitable environments on Mars.
Students will be able to:
- Understand the environment in which the Tardigrade can survive.
- Develop a mission to Mars and be able to present research goals to a decision panel prepared to answer questions competently about their research and mission budget.
Context for Use
This module is to be utilized at the end of a full-term of Mars-related topics in conjunction with Earth science processes. To be successful in Homework 2 students need to have exposure and instruction in making contour maps.
Description and Teaching Materials
Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework
- In-Class Activity 1: Tardigrades: Living Extremely
- Homework 1: Sea Monkey Experiment
- Student Version (Acrobat (PDF) 195kB Dec14 15); Instructor Version (Acrobat (PDF) 348kB Dec14 15)
- Instructions for growing brine shrimp (Acrobat (PDF) 71kB Oct31 12)
- Homework 2: The Color of Temperature
Teaching Notes and Tips
- In the Instructor version, answers (where applicable) are shown in red.
- Students must be familiar with Mars environments of deposition, surface processes and climate.
Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.
References and Resources
- Image File: Extremophiles (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.9MB Oct23 12)
- Gale Crater Habitability via Curiosity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHLbXTOaw7w&feature=relmfu
- Tardigrades video from SciShow on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0E77TdYnY&continue_action=r7OE3bLJMHT8fAwevwnX9Oh_0zzl6Ajt2P3129QN588gcYR6MkEN_obkOAtaq5MUvFV4Yiq09ljbJDp8wedzPE1U417RionrJuPdT2CAALc=
- Brine Shrimp Video (MP4 Video 6MB Oct31 12)