Mission Overview

At the end of the Undillian wars the planet Sriyana was left with hyper active plate tectonics. This was due the mining of Trillium ore for the war effort by using a technology similar in concept to the Old Earth “fracking” technique used in the early 21st century.   Unlike fracking, which poisoned Old Earth’s water supply and caused minor earthquakes, the mining for Trillium ore requires deep coring below the lithosphere into the upper mantle and has been found to trigger major earthquakes across a planet’s surface. 

A remote planet in the Tirac constellation orbiting the star Regon 7 in the Bernadette system, Sriyana is not a member of the Federation, and being suspicious of the Federations motives, the Sriyanans rejected the Federations initial offerings after the wars to relocate the inhabitants.  But a decade has passed now since the last Federation ambassador’s trip to the planet, and in light of a new Federation invention that utilizes sound waves called Wegener Wave technology, the ability now exist to cool and solidify magma pockets in the inner layers of terrestrial planets.  Last month a sub-space distress call was received at Federation outpost Digi 14 reporting that the citizens of Sriyana were now starving and in dire need of emergency rations and medical supplies.  Apparently the scale of the tectonic volatility has reached a critical level and caused dire conditions. 

Supplied with this new technology, the Federation wants to send you the Infinity Knights, the defenders of peace and justice throughout the universe, on a complex multi-dimensional mission of the highest importance.  The 3 objectives of your mission are:

 

 

OBJECTIVE 1

The crew will need to successfully deploy the Wegener Wave device to stabilize Sriyana’s plate tectonics before they can safely deliver the disaster relief supplies to the citizens of Sriyana.  The crew will have to discover during the mission the correct landing site to build (in Minecraft) the platform to deploy the Wegener Wave device.

 

OBJECTIVE 2

Deliver critical disaster relief supplies to the Sriyana’s citizens.  The crew will have to gather these supplies on the way at various planets, moons and space stations and arrange for their safe delivery to Sriyana via Cargo Runners. The crew is given 10M Galactic Pesos (GP) at the start of the mission in order to buy, sell, and trade for the disaster relief supplies needed on Sriyana. 

 

 

OBJECTIVE 3

This main objective has 3 parts:

Establish important diplomatic ties with the government of this planet that resides in an increasingly important political and economic sector of space for the Federation before the Gashur race does. The Gashur have become steadily more provoking to members of the Federation on the outer edge of Federation space near the neutral zone.  Intelligence reports reveal that the Gashur are moving quickly to establish alliance agreements with Sriyana’s monarch, Klon Nitor,  

Persuade the monarch’s high council,through open debate, to join the Federation.

Persuade Sriyana’s great Seer Talidon to come back with you to sit as a member of the Federation Senate.  The great Oracle Shardanan has made a prophecy that in the near future the Federation will need Talidon’s wisdom to help guide Federation policy.  Without his presence at the Federation Senate, ominous consequences lie in store for, not only the Federation, but all reaches of the Milky Way Galaxy.

 

 

Higher Order Thinking

A.  Speculate, or imagine, about the future possible social, political and economic conditions on Sriyana resulting from  the earth quakes in light of the decisions in the final debate near the end of the mission.

 

B. Analyze  the history of Sriyana's economic, political and environmental conditions and identify reasons the leadership and citizens  might have responded differently in regards to their dealings with the Federation of Planets and the Gashur had the earth quakes not occurred.

 

C. Give examples, or imagine them, and explain how group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure might have influenced the high council, Klon Nitor and the citizens in regards to their final decision concerning Sriyana's relationships with the Gashur and Federation of Planets. 

 

D. Are their some countries that have a similar government structure as that on Sriyana and if so, describe the interactions of the citizens with their government

 

E. Identify and describe examples of tensions between and individual’s beliefs and government policies and laws on both Sriyana and countries in real life

 

F. Give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change

 

G. Drawing examples from the mission and real life, show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so

 

H. Explain the purpose of government

 

I. Give examples of how the various governments represented in the mission and those in real life do or do not provide for the needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict

 

J. Identify and describe factors that contribute to cooperation and cause disputes within and among groups and nations in both the mission (Federation, Gashur and Striyana) and in real life NCSS 6f (J)

 

K. Explore the role of technology in communications, transportation, information-processing, weapons development, or other areas as it contributes to or helps resolve conflicts in both the mission and real life.  How did the level of advancement of the different civilizations in the mission affect their capabilities and the ultimate out comes.

 

L. Recognize and give examples of the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and justice; postulate on how will Sriyana as an individual planet, have to adapt to the limits on their autonomy that come along with being a member of the Federation of Planets, or if they chose to align themselves with the Gashur, how will this alliance affect their self autonomy?

 

M. Hypothesis how Sriyana's sole dependence on one commodity Erbium, a valuable and rare element, had an effect on their economic stability in the past and compare that with what will happen now that additional deposits of Erbium were recently discovered on nearby planets.  Relate this scenario to the real world situation in Venezuela and OPEC nations during the early 21st century.

 

N.

Part 1

Describe the network of the various dependent interactions of the crew on the Artemis Chargers who specialized in different aspects of operating the ship and making decisions.

Part 2

Describe how we depend upon people with specialized jobs and the ways in which they contribute to: 1) the productions and exchange of goods and services 2) effciently achieving objectives by working together collaboratively.

Part 3

What are some of the consequences of a nation operating in isolation have upon the conditions of that nation.  To get you thinking, take the example of North Korea.  Discuss the affects of other isolationist policy of the past and compare them to the consequences of free trade policies on both the economic and well being of the daily lives of citizens of those nations.

 

O. Explain and demonstrate various ways Galactic Pesos (GP) are aquired and used in the mission. Explain and demonstrate the role of money in everyday life.

 

P. How did the supply, demand, and price of various commodities in the mission help explain events such as the outcomes of the debate in the high council chamber, the life style of the Maracabus, the conquest of Gashur, and the Federation of Planets' persuit of Sriyana joining the Federation.

 

Q. Fictitiously speaking, compare and contrast what the daily life of an average citizen on New Earth would be like that compared to someone today in the 21st Century.  Include in your discussion examination of the effects of changing technologies on the global community now in the 21st century

 

R.

Part 1

Describe the causes and remediation concerning the environmental crisis that occurred on Sriyana.

Part 2

Identify and describe examples in real life in which science and technology have led to changes in the physical environment, such as the building of dams and levees, offshore oil drilling, medicine from rain forests, and loss of rain forests due to extraction of resources or alternative uses

 

S. Fictitiously describe, in the world of the mission:

Part 1

instances in which changes in values, beliefs, and attitudes have resulted from new scientific and technological knowledge, such as conservation of resources and the ideas of race and prejudice

Part 2

explore ways that language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements may facilitate understanding between the various planets and races or lead to misunderstanding

 

T. Describe the conflict between the races in the mission and give examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations in real life

 

U. Fictitiously describe how the war on Sriyana might have effected the citizens of Sriyana related to universal human rights including the treatment of woman and children, access to education and basic necessities, the treatment of religious groups etc.

 

V. Explore how the George W. Bush administrations used the neoconservative ideology of conquest through democratization to obtain valuable resources, such as oil, and compare that with the Federations reasons for persuading Sriyana to join the Federation.  What would have happened(s) if Sriyana refused(s) to join the Federation, what actions would the Federation be willing to take to make them join?

 

W. What are the advantages and disadvantages of democracy?  Monarchy?  Democratic republics?

Standards-Based Curriculum

 

Comparative politics

Monarchy and democracy

Elections

Iraq invasion: Bush Doctrine and neoconservative ideology 

Geology

Plate tectonics NGSS ESS2-1

Earth's Interior and Fracking

Mining

Chemistry

Periodic Table NGSS PS1-3

Atomic Mass, Atomic number, Families, Element properties NGSS PS1-1

Engineering and Minecrafting and Maths

-Building construction and budget management

-Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.4

-Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3

-Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.4

-Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.5

-Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8

-Accounting

-Economics of buying, selling, and trading

-Speed unit conversions

-Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool. NGSS MS-ETS1-1

-Analyze complex real-world problems by specifying criteria and constraints for successful solutions. NGSS HS-ETS1-1

-Design a solution to a complex real world problems by breaking ti down into smaller more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering NGSS HS-ETS1-2

-Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts- NGSS-ETS1-3

-Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. 3-5-ETS1-1

Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances 5-PS1-4

Physics

Speed, distance and time

Lift Formula

Breadboard circuit testing

Social Studies 

-Constructing a map from way points

-interpret, use, and distinguish various representations of the earth, such as maps, globes, and photographs NCSS 3b

-Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as atlases, data bases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information NCSS 3c

-Estimate distance and calculate scale NCSS 3d

-Observe and speculate about social and economic effects of environmental changes and crises resulting from phenomena such as floods, storms, and drought NCSS 3j (A)

-Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways NCSS 3g (B)

-work independently and cooperatively to accomplish goals NCSS 3h

-give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture NCSS 5b  (C)

-identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions-NCSS 5c (D)

-identify and describe examples of tensions between and individual’s beliefs and government policies and laws NCSS 5e (E)

-give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change NCSS 5f (F)

-show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so NCSS 5g (G)

-explain the purpose of government NCSS 6b (H)

-give examples of how government does or does not provide for the needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict NCSS 6c (I)

-identify and describe factors that contribute to cooperation and cause disputes within and among groups and nations NCSS 6f (J)

-explore the role of technology in communications, transportation, information-processing, weapons development, or other areas as it contributes to or helps resolve conflicts NCSS 6g (K)

-recognize and give examples of the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and justice NCSS 6h (L)

-give examples that show how scarcity and choice govern our economic decisions NCSS 7a  (M)

-describe how we depend upon workers with specialized jobs and the ways in which they contribute to the productions and exchange of goods and services  -NCSS 7e (N)

-explain and demonstrate the role of money in everyday life -NCSS 7g (O)

-use economic concepts such as supply, demand, and price to help explain events in the community and nation -NCSS 7i (P)

-apply knowledge of economic concepts in developing a response to a current local economic issue, such as how to reduce the flow of trash into a rapidly filling landfill. -NCSS 7j

-identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changed the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication -NCSS 8a Q

-identify and describe examples in which science and technology have led to changes in the physical environment, such as the building of dams and levees, offshore oil drilling, medicine from rain forests, and loss of rain forests due to extraction of resources or alternative uses -NCSS 8b (R)

-describe instances in which changes in values, beliefs, and attitudes have resulted from new scientific and technological knowledge, such as conservation of resources and awareness of chemicals harmful to live and the environment -NCSS 8c (S)

-explore ways that language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements may facilitate global understanding or lead to misunderstanding -NCSS 9a (S)

-give examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations NCSS 9b (T)

-examine the effects of changing technologies on the global community -NCSS 9c (Q)

-investigate concerns, issues, standards, and conflicts related to universal human rights, such as the treatment of children, religious groups, and effects of war -NCSS 9f (U)

- identify key ideals of the United States’ democratic republican form of government, such as individual human dignity, liberty justice, equality, and the rule of law, and discuss their application in specific situations -NCSS 10a (V)

-identify and practice selected forms of civic discussion and participation consistent with the ideals of citizens in a democratic republic -NCSS 10d

Computer Coding, Logic Problems and Puzzles

-sequencing, abstraction, values, conditionals

-computation thinking- L1:3.CT 1

-strategy solutions

-provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B

Robotics

Leggo Mindstorm action block programming

Biology

Seed germination NGSS MS-LS1-4

Physical Fitness and Nursing

Body mass index, pulse, heart pressure, ideal weight, calorie burning, medical histories and patient reports

Literature

-Proof reading and grammar corrections

-Poetry

-Persuasive writing

-Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.8

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7

Theater and Debate

-Constructing supported arguments and counter arguments CCSS WHST.6-8.1

-Public speaking

-Explore a scripted or improvised character by imagining the given circumstances in a drama/theatre work. TH:Cr1.1.6c

-Investigate multiple perspectives and solutions to staging challenges in a drama/theatre work. TH:Cr.1.1.7a

-Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade specific topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1

-use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision TEKS SS 23D

-Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.4

-Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.B

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.6

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