• Inspired by episodes:
  • TNG: S4E14

Questions of Life

Access to the best tools Starfleet has on offer will soon have you specialising in xenobiology sample analysis and identification.
  • Inspired by episodes:
  • TNG: S4E14


Use microscopes, chemical analysis and imaging techniques to analyse and identify samples of alien life.


Every Starfleet voyage comes with new discoveries, from simple single cell organisms to massive planet wide connected lifeforms that defy classification. Samples of all types are collected non-invasively and ethically from organisms encountered by the away teams. A range of laboratory tests are carried out to classify and record the samples. Physical samples are stored in the Xenolab lockers and recorded data is kept within the starship database until they can be transferred to Starfleet HQ. Unfortunatley the xenobiology section of this ship has a large number of samples from different xeno collections which have become mixed up. Fortunately we do have detailed descriptions of each of the xenos and know how the samples should behave when different tests are performed on them. Your mission is to run a series of tests on each of the xeno samples and work out which xeno collection they belong to.

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Mission Outcomes

By completing this activity, you can show your Unit Council that you can:

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  • Identify similarities and differences between biological samples using a range of images and measurement techniques
  • Use fluoresence as a means of identifying substances
  • Separate biological samples using chromatography techniques
  • Distinguish between different samples based on odour
  • Operate different types of microscopes to examine biological samples

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Completing Projects using Missions

Using the Scout Method of Plan, Do, Review, you can demonstrate your capabilities to your Unit Council once you have completed this Mission.

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Complete any pre-work that might help you to complete the Mission, such as practicing using maps and radios, or doing research into particular concepts that missions mention that you may not be familiar with, or any other technologies or concepts you are curious about that might help you find success.

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Get your Starfleet Report Card from this website at the conclusion of the event to summarise your achievements. These accomplishments can be presented to your Unit Council for Project approval and recorded in Terrain to keep track of your progress.