Mars has captured human imagination for centuries and has served as a setting for many science fiction novels. Scientists have looked to Mars as a 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

MISSION TO MARS LEVEL 1

$300
5 week course
12-15 years
4-6 students
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.

COURSE TAKEAWAYS

Surface geography
Tectonics
Radial crack
Polarized ice caps
Asteroids

VOCABULARY

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

Mission to Mars Standards Module 1
HS-ESS1-1 Presents the relationships of facts, explanations, and opinions in science.
MS-ESS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements.
HS-ESS1-4 Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.
HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources
Cognitive Skills Rubric
Inquiry
NGSS Science Practice 1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
NGSS Science Practice 3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.x.7 C3 D1.1-4

Сomposing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.x.3
CCSS English Language Arts;
Appendix A

Products and Presentations
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Listening and speaking
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.x.1.B
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.x.1.D

Analysis and Synthesis
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NGSS Science Practices 2: Developing and Using Models
NGSS Science Practice 4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
NGSS Science Practice 5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
NGSS Science Practice 7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence

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  • 1 Quarter (10-weeks) includes a final presentation with industry leaders
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  • 4-6 students in the group
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