What difference do I want to make?

Here’s the second to last writing prompt for the Live Your Legend Blog Challenge.  The question is, What difference do I want to make?

My first answer is one that I would definitely make my students rewrite: I want to make the world better.  The question I would throw back at them is, How would you make it better?  As of late, I’ve been on a mission to Mars kick.  I would love to see people work together for the common goal of colonizing on Mars.  We would greatly benefit from having a backup settlement.  In fact, let’s go cliche on this.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

The big question ends up being, how am I going to help support this goal.  What resources do I currently have access to?  What skills and/or opportunities do I have to support this goal?  What should I learn to help support this goal?  Let’s give quick answers to these questions.

What resources do I currently have access to that would help in colonizing Mars?  I have my thoughts and the internet with information about Mars.  I also have the minds of many students and a classroom to teach in.  I would also have this blog (or I could make a new one).  I feel like I have lots of resources available.

What skills and/or opportunities do I have to support this goal?  Opportunity number 1: summers off.  That gives me 2 months of time to do research, get internships, create lessons, and spread the word.  A related opportunity and skill is that I am a teacher and placed in front of students for the majority of the year.  That gives me the opportunity to show passion for this goal and model ways to pursue it.  I also have skills in working with computers.  I can at least build Google Sites to help spread the information.  I could also teach those skills to my students.

What should I learn to help support this goal?  I should be learning a lot about engineering, science, Mars missions, robotics, math, public speaking, teaching, and computer programming.  I could be way more specific with science.  I would need to learn a lot more about the field of Earth science.  Why does Earth have an atmosphere?  Why does Mars no longer have much of one?  Almost anything in physics would be beneficial, especially if robotics becomes an interest.

Here’s to making a difference.  One moment at a time…  We’re going to Mars!