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Collaborative Decision Making: NASA's Deep Impact Mission
The NASA's Deep Impact Mission is used to teach collaborative decision making. This Starting Point Teaching Collection page describes the highly-developed unit plan involving collaborative problem solving using data. The subject is the launch of a probe to investigate the composition of a comet. The students will engage in quantitative risk analysis, role-playing, persuasive writing and speaking, and group decision-making procedures. The students will study the objectives and the risks of the project and make decisions about how to deal with them from the perspectives of NASA scientists, engineers, and members of the public involved with the project. On this page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints and references and resources dealing with this exercise. It also describes the context in which the unit is best used.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Guide for instructor
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-266
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: University of Maryland

Principal Investigator: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp