Creating a Constitution for a Colony on Mars (Social Science)


How do we establish and maintain a colony on Mars?
As the 10th grade capstone experience, students will create a Mars society that incorporates learning from core curricular areas. The project will culminate in a recruitment fair where students will convince stakeholders to join their colony.



In this social science lesson, students will work in teams to debate, discuss and write a constitution for their colony. The Constitution must include a preamble stating the colonies vision and purpose as well as articles that describe in detail the structure and function of colonial government.

Lesson Times

Block Schedule
90 Minutes
Traditional Schedule
2 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to write a constitution for their colony that explains the structure, function and powers of their Martian government.
  • Students will be able to write a constitutional preamble which describes their colony's vision and purpose.

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