by Lisa Rinke, Maillard Middle School

Teacher Introduction

Throughout history the exploration of extreme environments has been a strong force behind the development of technologies.  Today, scientists continue their foray into these unhospitable environments to seek out new knowledge, new resources, and a better understanding of the past.  This search includes extreme environments on Earth and outer space.  From this webquest students will learn to identify how technologies allow humans to overcome the dangers of extreme environments. They learn about Canadian specific contributions to the development of technology in extreme environments.  Students will also learn to look at exploration and decide whether its costs outweigh the potential gains.  Their ability to work in a cooperative group setting will also come into play during the quest.