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Students learn systems engineering by engaging in a mission planning simulation that mirrors a mission to Mars. This interactive game will allow them to experience the fundamentals of the engineering design process as they use collaboration and problem-solving skills to develop a mission that meets constraints (budget, mass, power) and criteria (significant science return). This activity can introduce many activities in technology education, including robotics and rocketry. The lesson uses the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes, rubrics, student worksheets, background information, and board game and cards (files for printing). Alignments are identified to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards, and 21st Century Skills.