Curricular Unit: Asteroid ImpactContributed by: Adventure Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Through this earth science curricular unit, student teams are presented with the scenario that an asteroid will impact the Earth. In response, their challenge is to design the location and size of underground caverns to shelter the people from an uninhabitable Earth for one year. Driven by this adventure scenario, student teams 1) explore general and geological maps of their fictional state called Alabraska, 2) determine the area of their classroom to help determine the necessary cavern size, 3) learn about map scales, 4) test rocks, 5) identify important and not-so-important rock properties for underground caverns, and 6) choose a final location and size.
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Unit Schedule (Return to Contents)
This unit is composed of eight lessons, each with its own hands-on activity. The unit takes 8-10 class periods (350-450 minutes) total. Conduct the lessons and activities in the following order:
Note: The attached Asteroid Impact Student Workbook contains worksheets for all lessons and activities in this unit in one pdf file; the same worksheets are also available as individual attachments in each lesson and activity.
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Copyright© 2013 by Regents of the University of Colorado; original © 2005 Colorado School of Mines
Supporting ProgramAdventure Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
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Adventure Engineering was supported by National Science Foundation grant nos. DUE 9950660 and GK-12 0086457. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the National Science Foundation, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.