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Grade 3 Problem Based Learning Package

Mission to a Mystery Planet: Finding a New Home
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Tracey Nguyen

on 4 April 2013

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Tracey Nguyen, Jacqui Tutte, and Erica Legh Mission to a Mystery Planet: Finding a New Home Although we recognized that pollution existed on Earth, we did not think much about it because the effects were unnoticeable early on. We have finally become responsible for our actions and have felt the impact of our carelessness, which has shown towards our planet, Earth.

As a result of our negligence, Earth has become over
polluted. We can no longer produce enough
resources to survive on this planet. As a result, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) president, Colin Klippenstein announced the evacuation of Earth... Welcome to Space Shuttle 828. This is your captain speaking. I am glad you made it safely on board. NASA has prepared a clip for you to watch. Please find a seat and we will get started. Long ago, Earth was a clean land where human beings and nature coexisted peacefully and harmoniously. Clean water, clean air, and beautiful wild areas drew people to occupy places around the world. Over time, we invented automobiles to make traveling easier and faster. But as technology increased, so did the pollution we created in the environment. We created factories, which provided more jobs and mass-produced goods at cheaper prices. And we created pipelines to transport goods, such as oil and gas over long distances. Cars were fun and useful, but apart from their shiny exteriors and new smelling interiors, they were not clean. Cars put millions of tons of dirt and bad chemicals into the air causing air pollution. When the fumes were released into the air, we breathed it in giving us health problems, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing. Factories polluted the air by releasing dangerous gases called "smog" or "smoke." When we breathed in these gases, they irritated our bodies and triggered breathing difficulties, such as asthma and bronchitis. And pipelines that were laid underwater had negative effects on sea animals and their habitat. During the construction of pipelines, fresh water streams and rivers were impacted by heavy machinery causing destruction to the areas that provided food and shelter for these animals. Oil spills occurred from damaged pipelines, such as ruptures, which spread into the surrounding water. The spills often resulted in immediate and long-term environmental damage. Animals, such as birds were covered in oil. The oil coated their feathers, not only making it impossible for them to fly, but also destroying their natural waterproofing and insulation, leaving them vulnerable to hypothermia or overheating. As the birds tried to preen their feathers to restore their natural protections, they often swallowed some of the oil, which severely damaged their internal organs and led to death. Our survival rests in your hands.

Good luck. President Klippenstein has chosen you to
search for another planet in our solar system
for humans to live on. Cars also became a significant contributor to global warming through the emission of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a known greenhouse gas and high levels of it in the atmosphere traps the sun's heat which would otherwise be reflected back into space. The waste water from some industrial factories were also discharged into lakes, oceans, and streams, which eventually spread the polluting substances. http://www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/FEATURE-ShuttleLaunchExperience.html http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/09/endeavours-last-flight/100374/ http://www.gscn.com.cn/pub/EnChannel/Tourism/2010/12/11/1292053901652.html http://ncrlt.org/programs http://www.saitron.com/industry.php http://www.xemarkets.com/forex-news-china-factory-growth-stalls-5213 http://www.maverickinspection.com/Services/VideoInspectionServicesRVI/VideoInspectionApplicationsRVI/VideoInspectionServiceSampleImagesRVI/VideoInspectionImagesofPipelinesRVI/tabid/110/Default.aspx http://news.thomasnet.com/green_clean/2012/10/25/report-industry-is-main-culprit-of-pollution-problems-in-developing-countries/ http://carenvironment.net/ http://www.hybridcarblog.com/gm-bailout-good-for-america-but-bad-for-the-world/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/association-of-british-drivers-doomed-co2-policy-is-based-on-climate-astrology/ http://www.ypte.org.uk/environmental/pollution/32 http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Turkey_hopes_to_finish_Cyprus_water_pipeline_by_2009_report_999.html http://www.timescolonist.com/news/weather/first-nations-group-launches-anti-pipeline-ads-on-anniversary-of-alaskan-oil-spill-1.97323 http://thetruthbehindthescenes.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/oil-spills-and-disasters/ http://www.edupics.com/coloring-page-polluted-earth-i10977.html http://www.visualphotos.com/image/2x4005986/smoking_chimney_showing_pollution http://www.chinahush.com/2009/10/21/amazing-pictures-pollution-in-china/ http://www.wallpaperu3.com/2012/07/classic-cars-wallpapers.html http://kylieoleary.typepad.com/straight_out_the_politica/2011/04/good-old-beetle.html http://www.buntycars.com/gallery/436/org-buick-classic-car-wallpaper-and-picture-gallery/5353.aspx
Since most of our supplies and property have been destroyed on Earth, President Klippenstein has contacted you, Shuttle 828, because you are our last hope. Earth has become inhabitable. We have evacuated all the human population left on the planet. Everyone is floating in space in well-stocked space cruisers and a handful of experts are in smaller shuttles working on different development and survival strategies. You are in one of them.

NASA believes that you, as expert scientists are the key to our future. We need you to determine the best planet in our solar system for us to live on and we do not have much time. We have filled your shuttle with all the resources we had here at NASA that were transportable. Please, go through them and do as much research as you can. We need a new planet to build our homes and grow our food on. Make sure it has most, if not all of the things we need to live on it. To help you begin, think about what humans need to survive. We have scientists working on new technology for our living needs, but the more the planet already has, the better.
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