Pinnacle Educational Research & Development

(ISSN: 2360-9494)

May 2015, Vol. 3 (4).

© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


What if Fossils Are Discovered On The Planet Mars? Collection of Related Learning Activities for Promoting Active Learning

Gerald Adams, Ph.D.1, Abour H. Cherif, Ph.D.2*, Jeremy Dunning, Ph.D.3, Farahnaz Movahedzadeh4

1Associate Professor of Geology,
Science and Mathematics Department,
Columbia College Chicago,
600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, U.S.A.

2National Associate Dean,
Math, Science, and Clinical Lab Sciences,
DeVry University,
3005 Highland Parkway,
Downers Grove, IL 60515-5799, U.S.A.

3Dean Emeritus,
Indiana University,
Bloomington IN 47401, U.S.A.
Founding Partner, Arjuna Learning Designs

4Associate Professor & Co-Chair,
Biology Department,
Harold Washington College,
30 E. Lake Street, Chicago IL 60601, U.S.A.

Accepted 23 April, 2014; Available Online 4 May, 2015.


This paper describes a collection of student learning activities related to the themes of space exploration and its implications for a wide variety of human endeavors. The activities involve numerous disciplines, including atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, earth science, economics, environmental studies, physics, planetary science, political science and other physical and life sciences and social studies areas. The activities can be used in combination with each other, and with the role play described in the previous paper.

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