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