Project Mars

One of the learners in your class might be the first human to step onto the surface of Mars, or the first to design a spacecraft that collects data from the red planet. Prepare them for the adventure with a set of 24 lessons, complete with background scientific information about atomic structure and electromagnetic radiation. In groups, high schoolers work on a Mars rover instrument and prepare a presentation about their work and findings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a unit about astrophysics or space science
  • Pair with relevant information about the previous Mars rover and how effective the mission has been
  • Turn the project into a flipped classroom by assigning the videos and presentation viewing into a homework assignment, and discussing what kids learned the next day in class
Classroom Considerations

  • You'll need access to the Internet for the majority of the lessons
  • Project is extensive; you'll need to commit a large amount of time to completing both the instruction and the project (around a month of class time)
Pros

  • Innovative, engaging, and fun for learners of all reading levels
  • Provides tips and extension activities for the most effective educational experience
  • Includes presentations, videos, and links to additional resources within the lesson plan
Cons

  • None