Introductions: Assignment A

Overview and objectives

The course will be very collaborative and highly interdisciplinary. Students from all over the CMU campus will be taking part in both courses. So, it’s important we get to know each other, as well as the backgrounds, goals, the skills and interests each of us have. This project will challenge you to:

The goal of this exercise will be introduce yourself to the other students in the course with a 1-minute video.

‘What excites you or scare you about the idea of building a Mars habitat?’

Image by Bryan Versteeg /

Image by Bryan Versteeg /


Produce a 1-minute video that:

  1. Briefly introduces you to the rest of the class, and;

  2. Discusses: ‘What excites or scare you about the idea of building a Mars habitat?’

Due: Thursday January 14th, 9pm

Submitting your work:

  1. Upload your video to Vimeo (hard requirement)

  2. Post the video to the #introductions channel on slack.

  3. We’ll compile the videos into a playlist for the group to be viewed at our first extra-curricular event (pizza party!!!).


When preparing your video, below are some questions you might think about:

  1. Who are you and what’s your background? How might this be different or similar to others in the class?

  2. What’s an example of something you’ve made/analyzed/explored that relates to this class?

  3. What are your unique skills that will help you in building a Martian habitat?

  4. What are the images/ideas/concepts about space exploration that you love?

  5. What is the strangest idea/theory/concept about space travel?

  6. Why should (or shouldn’t) man go to Mars?

  7. Would you live on Mars?

Preparing a Video a.k.a How do I this?

You can sketch it, draw it, design it, record it, rip and edit it, or combine all these mediums, in a way that creates a compelling video.

Capturing Video: