Mars has captured human imagination for centuries and has served as a setting for many science fiction novels. Scientists have looked to Mars as an unique resource, holding clues to the origin of the solar system as well as the potential for future colonization. Numerous autonomous satellites and rovers have been sent to the red planet. With each successful mission we learn more about our most accessible celestial neighbor.

Whether you dream of one day traveling to Mars or just want to learn more about our celestial neighbor, this course is for you. Did you know Mars is home to the largest volcano in the solar system? Or that it has a gigantic canyon 10 times wider and deeper than Earth’s Grand Canyon?

We will deep dive into Mars’ surface geography and unique tectonics, look at its ice caps, and talk about whether water was present on Mars before. We will learn about current explorations of Mars and how we may prepare for human travel there.
No prerequisites
5 week course
12-15 years
4-6 students in group


Students will understand how Mars is similar to Earth and how it is unique and why scientists believe life is possible on Mars.

Students will learn about Mars’ historical and contemporary geography, tectonics, and chemical composition.

Students will become familiar with the current research and preparations for future Mars explorations, including those to send humans to Mars.


Surface geography
Radial crack
Polarized ice caps



Entrepreneurship Standards Module 1
Discovery: the process of generating ideas, recognizing opportunities and determining the feasibility of ideas.
A.01 Explain the need for entrepreneurial discovery
A.02 Discuss entrepreneurial discovery processes
A.03 Assess global trends and opportunities
A.04 Determine opportunities for venture creation
A.05 Assess opportunities for venture creation

Concept Development: the process for planning the venture, which includes identifying resources and strategies for a business plan
A.14 Assess the need to use external resources for concept development
A.12 Assess risks associated with venture
A.09 Describe entrepreneurial planning considerations
A.13 Describe external resources useful to entrepreneurs during concept development
Cognitive Skills Rubric
NGSS Science Practice 1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
NGSS Science Practice 3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

CCSS English Language Arts;
Appendix A

Products and Presentations

Listening and speaking

Analysis and Synthesis
NGSS Science Practice 7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
NGSS Science Practice 5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
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