01 October 2006
Space Mission: Ice Moon is a real-time simulation of a space disaster in which students find themselves in the roles of scientific experts in an Emergency Response Team. Up to 30 students work in teams to rescue four astronauts lost in the ice tunnels of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Using video-conferencing facilities, they communicate with the only astronaut left in the space station, and work with real-time data feeds to devise and implement a rescue plan in a constantly changing situation.
This executive summary provides an overview of the conclusions drawn from the development and trials of this project; broader implications for the role of technology in the design of learning environments; and areas for future research and development work. A full description of the prototype created, development process, research methodology, findings, analysis and conclusions can be found in the body of the report.