Back to Icy Worlds Unit 1: Mission Planning

ROADS on Icy Worlds: Unit 1 Lesson 2

Communication in Complex Projects

Lesson Level Question: What communication skills and formats are necessary for teams to plan successful, long-term, complex projects?

Lesson Summary: Students will develop verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills necessary to work as a team to plan a mission to Mars to achieve one or more scientific objectives. In planning the mission, students will have to work with fixed budgets, weight limits, and other constraints that require various trade-offs and give-and-take among team members with different areas of specialization, all of which are needed for the mission to be successful. Students also will explore the kinds of questions NASA is seeking to answer about Mars.

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