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Team Critical Thinking Exercise - Meteor Strike

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Meteor Strikes Meteor strike attack [1] This activity sets up a hypothetical scenario and requires students to offer solutions based on their own reasoning and problem-solving skills. The activity begins with a scenario that requires students to make decisions which will affect the survival of humanity. The purpose of this activity is to have students, working in teams, reach a consensus on how to approach a difficult decision. It helps them use critical thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation to determine what the best (not “correct”) answer may be. In this exercise, students: 1. Individually and in a team evaluate the information available and decide what factors and traits are most important for the long-term survival of humans on Earth. 2. Prepare a mini report on: a) Analysis of the “individual” critical thinking process. b) Analysis of the “team” critical thinking process. c) Analysis of the dimension of “individual” member involvement and overall “team” interactions. d) Team consensus on resolution of this problem. 3. Effectively present their arguments orally. 4. Work collaboratively to agree on a common approach to a shared problem. Scenario: 15 people are aboard the international space station when a large asteroid strikes the earth with the force of 1 Trillion tons of TNT. After four days, there are no signs of survivors on the Earth and all efforts communicate with the planet have failed. There is a large layer of smoke and dust surrounding the planet and thus, for the time-being, there is no way for the attached space shuttle to return to Earth without guidance and support from the surface. You must assume that the 15 people described below are the only humans known to be alive. The problem: There are 15 people on the space station, but if all of them stay on the station, they will run out of oxygen and food in approximately two months. However, computer projections indicate that the dust in the Earth’s atmosphere will not be able to be penetrated for at least six months, at which time it may be possible to navigate a safe return to Earth. Based on the oxygen-producing capacity of the station, only a crew of 6 people would be able to stay alive for six months.
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