March 20, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
The countdown is on to hear all about the Mars
City project. The National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute), Total
Learning Research Institute (TLRI) and the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) are working together to bring building sciences into the
classroom. The informational webinar about this exciting new science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program is scheduled for this
Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00 PM ET.
Buildings of the future will include more
technology and advanced materials than ever before. The goal of the STEM program
is to get students interested in building sciences in order to ensure the
building industry will have a workforce with the necessary skills to design,
construct, operate and manage the high-performance buildings of the future.
TLRI and NASA currently have an initiative called
Mars City, which teaches STEM concepts in the context of conducting experiments
on Mars. This imaginary city, simulated on the surface of the Red Planet,
provides students with the necessary laboratory, living and learning spaces for
such experiments. To expand the students’ learning experience to encompass
building sciences, the Institute, TLRI an NASA are beginning to develop a
Facility Operations Module for Mars City. Within the Operations Module, students
will function as teams to operate and maintain the simulated facility, using
such real-world tools as building information modeling (BIM) and a computerized
maintenance management system (CMMS).
The webinar, hosted by the Institute, will
provide an overview of the learning objectives and curriculum of the Mars City
Facility Operations Module, the development of the CMMS environment and
scenarios, and the structure for student participation.
Individuals, firms and organizations are
encouraged to participate in the Mars City initiative, which serves to advance
the entire building community.
People interested in attending
the webinar must sign up in advance to get dial-in information. The webinar
registration closes at 1:45 PM ET on Wednesday, March 20. To get ready for blast
off, register now.
Learn more about this groundbreaking project.