Challenge 1: Is There Life Out There?

MS-PS1-5: Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying times and special scales.
MS-ESS3-2: Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
MS-LS3-2: Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction result in offspring with genetic variation.

Watch: https://www.amnh.org/explore/videos/space/formation-of-the-moon

Hello, Explorer. What do you think happened to any life on earth as a result of this adventure? That’s an actual question, BTW. Remember, multicellular life didn’t happen until 600,000,000 (600 million) years ago. Before that, there was heat, and volcanoes, and Pangaea.

Now, here’s your adventure for today. You are a consultant for a new educational game that has 40 levels. They want this game to be fun, but also teach basic skills about what you have learned this year (chemistry, natural hazards, cellular organisms)

Level 1: Crash and Boom

Level 2: Your Starting World

Level 3: A Breathable Atmosphere

Build a personal jamboard with three slides. In each slide, you will tell me about three things: a) what the point of the level is (shooting down or building something, making a volcano or superstorm, watching bacteria burp bubbles, etc.); b) how it will look (yes, this can be a roblox or minecraft model or hand-drawn set of pictures); c) why this matters to science.

Be ready to share on Friday.

MS-PS1-5: Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying times and special scales.
MS-ESS3-2: Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
MS-LS3-2: Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction result in offspring with genetic variation.

Challenge 2: Elements and Molecules

Level 1: Create a model for H2 +2O2 –> 2 H2O (This happened as hot conditions provided enough energy to turn elemental gases into molecules

Level 2: Balance the reaction for photosynthesis by arranging the molecules: C6H12O6, 6 O2, 6 CO2 and 6 H2O. Why is photosynthesis important to human beings?

Level 3: What part(s) of your body break down sugar? Name the system, an organ, and an organelle.