Angry Red Planet
Takes a half hour to get to the "solve-it"
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Okay, there's s this spaceflight simulator, right? They're trying to create
a miniature little biosphere, where plants convert the carbon dioxide
that astronauts breathe out back into oxygen the astronauts can breathe
in. But the balance is going wrong.
WHY SHOULD I TRY IT?
Look, you wanna go to Mars, don't you? This is the first step.
Besides the usual ScienceMystery themes (literacy, inquiry-based learning,
problem-solving logic, inductive and deductive reasoning), "Angry
Red Planet" gets you hands-on with facts about respiration, ecosystems
and ecological cycles, chemical and biochemical reactions, carbon dioxide
poisoning, and the effects of stress on human physiology and psychology.