Alien Ambassador

Module: Orientation | Level: Easy | Estimated Time: 1 hour
Skills: Communication, Critical Thinking


Aliens have reached Earth! Your mission: to help them understand humanity. Today you're attending a sporting event, but the concept is, well, alien to our guests. What is a "game?" What are "teams?" Why are people emotionally invested in who "wins?"

In this critical thinking exercise, you'll explain any sport (e.g., volleyball, football, hockey) to an alien. Focus on how the sport exemplifies the ways humans think, feel, and interact; it's more important to contextualize our behavior than to break down the sport in detail. How do you communicate why we play, watch, and care about sports so passionately?

Although your explanation doesn't need to cover these topics, consider addressing:

  • Why do humans value effort and hard work?
  • Why are humans competitive, and why do we want to win?
  • Why are players/viewers so emotionally invested?
  • Why do some people watch without ever participating?
  • Why might all the players be the same gender/nationality?


Explain any sport to an alien in any format (e.g., writing, graphics, sketches).

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