The 5th starship
containing the colonies technology has not arrived from Earth and it must
now be assumed that it has been lost in space. The major concern for the
colony is the loss of its industrial technology. You have been the task
of using the data bases available to you to research how this technology
can be recreated using the resources available to you on Arda.
The new colony
will have enough technology to last a few decades, but if they want to
survive in the long term they are going to have to reinvent most of the
Divide you class into teams to investigate key areas of
technology that the Colony will need to survive.
of the following areas you will want to research for the colony (pick
your own advancement if none of these interest you)
Design and construct shelter for your settlement using
some of the following materials. copper and slate roofing, steel
framing, concrete, tools for cutting wood, glass, vanish, sealants,
Create the materials that will allow your settlement
to farm enough land to support themselves. Steel tools and fertilizers,
and Light: Your settlement will need a source of
energy, design how how you will supply the colony with energy and
light. Electrical (Battery) Hydro, gas, coal, oil
Your settlement will need to transport the raw materials
and personel it needs. Bicycles, roading materials, tar, gravel,
rubber, aluminium, plastic, combustion engine, fuel, ship building
You will probably need to hunt for some food and also
to proect yourselves from predators. Gunpowder, fishing line and
hooks, nets, metal alloys
You will need to communicate information about ideas
and between different settlements. Ink, paper, coins, metal print,
You will need to produce materials to cloth and protect
your people. Dyes, silk, cotton
You will need to preserve, transport, cook and protect
the food you collect. food preservatives, salting, metal pots,
pottery, glazes, fire, clay, mills to grid corn and wheat
You will need to protect the settlement from infections,
accidents and other health concerns anti-biotics, refrigeration,
plumbing, sewers, recycling waste
To produce many of the metals and other materials yo
need a source of raw materials. Identification of ores, mining
and processing of ores, metal working
Working in a team of three or four, break your area of
research into smaller projects.
Eg. In Agriculture brainstorm the areas within Agriculture what your team
needs to research.
the plant to plant crops. (axes and saws to cut down trees meaning learning
about making steel and iron tools)
the soil to plant seeds (ploughs to cut through the turf to expose the
fertilizer to help the crops grow (either finding natural sources of
fertilizer of making your own)
herbicides or pesticides to control pests (finding natural or making
to water the crops ( concrete to dam rivers and build aquaducts, water
wheels and pumps to lift the water up)
and storing the food (Tools to cut the crops, containers to store the
Assign each person in your group a mini project to work on and write out
a series of question you need to answer
- What metals
do I want my tools to made of?
- What types
of rocks (ores) contain the metals I need?
would I find these ores near my colony?
- How do
I extract the metal from the ore?
- Once i
have the metal do I need to process it to change its physical properties?
(create an alloy perhaps)
- How do
I shape the metal
4: Write out all the formulae of the materials
you will need to produce your final project. Research the chemical reactions
and processes required to create your final project.
5: Write a report in the form of a website
showing all your research so that the colony can use your work to
create the technology they need.
6: Give a presentation to the class on your