‘Mission to Mars’ – An AMSI Schools ‘Rich Task’ in Number & Place Value

 In Classroom Resources, Number and Algebra (3–6), Number and Algebra (F - 2), Secondary

It is the Year 2035. You and your students are members of the International Solar Exploration Federation (ISEF) team, charged with exploring and setting up a base on Mars. 

Working for the Communications and Transport Division, you have been charged with calculating distances and travel times for communications and travel between Earth Base and Mars Base. This will mean working with some pretty big numbers!

This is a rich alternative assessment task for students in Years 5 & 6 (‘challenge level’) and Years 7 and 8. It has been mapped against the Australian Curriculum (Mathematics) and the Australian Curriculum (Science), as well as the NSW Mathematics and Science Syllabi.

Download a PDF copy of both the Mission to Mars – Student booklet and Mission to Mars – Teacher booklet.

The Teacher booklet includes worked solutions as well as an A to E graded marking rubric.

Mars Boy

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