Matt Gold
4 years ago
Last Updated
2 years ago
As the 10th grade capstone experience, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to create a Martian colony that incorporates learning from core curricular areas. The project will culminate in a "colonist recruitment fair" in which students will try to convince student stakeholders to join their colony on Mars.

Engineering: Design and construct a model of a sustainable habitat that allows colonists to survive and thrive on Mars.

Social Science: Create a constitution for their colony which includes a plan for the colony’s economics, political, and legal system, and a colonist Bill of Rights.

Language Arts: Create a Martian dialect, language, custom, and social norms. Develop a book of common phrases and a recruitment video including those components.

Research and analyze a US city’s population and growth. Model the growth trends to predict how population growth will impact initial and future resources in the colony.

This unit is brought to you by Nancy Brown (Engineering), Matthew Gold (Social Science), Renee Brown (Language Arts), and Rebeka Luu (Math) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Mina Greas.


Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • History/Social Science
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

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

Mars Environment (CTE)

Thirsting for Mars Adventure (CTE)

Hungry for Mars Knowledge (CTE)

Mars Power (CTE)

The ABCs of M-A-R-S (ELA)

MARS Most Common Book (ELA)

Martian Non-Verbal Cues (ELA)

Come to Mars Commercial (ELA)

Making Sense of the Census (Math)

The Mathematical Roller Coaster (Math)

From Points to Curves (Math)

Whose Economy Is It Anyway? (Social Science)

What's In A Symbol? (Social Science)

Winning Hearts and Minds, A Plan for Colonist Recruitment (Social Science)

Growing Exponentially (Math)