by Cathy Law, New Paltz High School
Scientists believe that alien creatures would evolve according to features of planet they came from. In this activity students design their own alien creature based on the physical characteristics of a planet of their choice.
If you saw an alien on the street could you tell where he was from? Do extraterrestrial beings have different shapes the way they do on Earth? How would an alien's native environment shape his special powers?
It has been well documented on Earth that animals evolve and adapt according to the stresses and challenges of their environment. Their inherited physical characteristics help the animal to survive. The same would be true of extraterrestrial beings.