Our Earth under threat

This activity is designed as a ‘virtual mission’. Students will play the part of Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) scientists to the scenario of a possible asteroid impact with the Earth. By following the story of the mission (led by an automated powerpoint), students will apply their understanding of kinetic energy, density and probability to perform calculations and research possible methods of deflecting the asteroid. This mission is decision based – at several points they will have to make decisions about how to tackle the asteroid, and the outcome for each group will depend on the decisions that they have made.

Curriculum links:

  • Reading and taking measurements from a graph.
  • Speed, distance, and time.
  • Calculating time given a speed and distance.
  • Making measurements.
  • Gravity, weight and mass.

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