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Lesson

The Chemistry of Construction

In this chemistry and engineering-based activity, students will take on the role of environmental engineers as they are challenged to investigate the best building materials for Mars. To kick off the exploration, they will look at concrete and other key construction materials used on Earth today, considering their properties, pros, cons, and environmental impact. Next, students will investigate the best way to build structures on Mars. They will learn about 3D printing—which is how structures are likely to be built—and they will consider the natural resources available on Mars that could serve as building materials. They will ultimately develop a recommendation to be used in Martian construction moving forward.

Objectives

  • Research the chemistry, properties, and environmental impact of construction materials widely used on Earth
  • Examine the natural resources available on Mars and develop a recommendation for how these resources could be used in sustainable construction

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