ET in the Universe

Initial Publication Date: May 30, 2013


This learning module and related in-class activity is meant to expose students to the SETI program.

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Learning Goals

Students should be able to:
  • Explain SETI protocols and their ethical implications

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. Given its unique topic, however, this activity can be adapted for any course at any time.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity

Teaching Notes and Tips

  1. The In‐class Activity can be easily modified to be used as a homework assignment.
  2. The Crider and Weston (2012) article (in References and Resources) can be used to create an additional In-Class Activity if desired.


Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.

References and Resources

  1. Crider & Weston (2012): Lesson 20: Activity 2 Student Version docx (Acrobat (PDF) 301kB May23 13)
  2. SETI protocols: