Environmental engineers need a prototype of an environment that could possibly be used to inhabit other worlds outside of our own. With an eye toward having humans colonize the moon, or maybe even Mars, efforts are underway to research environments that would sustain human life for an extended time. Your task as environmental engineers is to create a biodome that could be used as a model for a life-sized habitat that would house humans, just like on earth. The biodome will need to have an energy source as well as all the relationships that exist in earth's biomes. The biodome will be started and new pieces will be added over time. The goal is to create a fully successful habitat that will be a model for a potential biodome on another world. Millions of dollars are at stake, so collaborate with your team, make a plan, carry it out and adjust it as needed so that you create a model that can be used to begin life in the solar system beyond earth.

A prototype is early sample or model that is built to test an idea or a process.

Biosphere The biosphere is the region on, above, and below the earth's surface where life exists.

Biodome A biodome is a human-made, closed environment containing plants and animals where scientists can investigate the dynamics of an ecosystem.

Ecosytem An ecosystem is the community of interacting organisms and their environment.


Biotic components of an ecosystem are all the living things in that ecosystem and include producers, consumers and decomposers.

Abiotic components of an ecosystem are all the non-living parts of that ecosystem. Examples include air, water, oxygen, temperature and soil.

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