In an environment as hostile as Mars (before terra-forming changes things down the road, if ever), should a society consider having not just a Bill of Rights, but also a "Bill of Duty", and/or a "Code of Conduct"? What must we do? How should we behave?
What are the ethics of colonizing Mars? Especially if we were to discover indigenous (alien) life there; not little green men of course, but microbes. Would/should we grant them rights? Should there be a "Bill of Rights" for Martian Life too? Why or why not?
Let's also talk about the problems we prepared for and how we solved them. Let's see how scientists might have solved the same problems.
This Bill of Rights will represent the first amendments to our Constitution!!!
If that one is too complicated, here are some that are student-friendly:
Class of 2014's Bill of Rights:
Class of 2014's Constitution:
Class of 2014's Preamble:
What do we need to do when we land?
Brainstorm a list here. Write in your row only. (Number 1 goes to row 28.)
Be ready for some interruptions. There has been some trouble happening!!!
Of the ideas you came up with, what should we do first?
If you think we should build something on Mars first, go to the coat rack side of the classroom.
If you think we should do something else, go to the windows side of the classroom.
Break into smaller groups based on your beliefs about what we should do first, explain why and how, and get ready to explain it to the whole group.
Continue your discussions in committees about what we should do once we arrive on Mars.
Be ready to explain your ideas, as well as your plan for making it happen to the whole group. If it is different from what we already have, create a new blog entry on our Colonizing Mars blog ("Claiming Mars for Ourselves") that explains what your plan is and how you expect to get it done.
Be ready for some interruptions. There has been more trouble happening!!! Should we just let this trouble continue, or should we do something about it?
Put your group's idea here with an explanation why and how you will get it done.
We're going to Mars to create a new colony for the future of civilization and we're all from different countries? Which country should claim Mars for themselves? How do we decide?
Wait! I have an idea...
Read pages 4-10 together as a whole class.
Learn about the tasks we need to complete and break up into committees for pages 11-15 and 26-28.
Post all of your completed products on our Claiming Mars For Ourselves blog page. Directions:
Fast Facts: (Similar to: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/egypt/#egypt-pyramids.jpg)
When we are finished, we will finish "solving" all of our other problems. Then, we will come together and vote on possible solutions.
How will we solve the problems read about in Pascal Lee's book, "Mission: Mars?"
- Who should be in charge of each problem?
What do we need to do once on Mars? Create a brainstorm list here.
I am Robert Gagne, a psychologist from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It would be very important to have a psychologist on the first manned mission to Mars because there is sure to be some conflict and depression! I can help people get through it all. I am excited to go on this adventure because I think we are setting up humanity for the future.