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Life on Mars - Resources - Extensions
EXPLORE! Life on Mars


KODU: Mars Edition was created by KODU Game Lab in partnership with NASA Mars Public Engagement Program and Microsoft and allows students grades 5–8 to create worlds that reflect the Mars terrain and program a virtual model of the Curiosity rover as it searches for habitats on Mars. KODU Game Lab makes programming fun and approachable for novices through a tile–based (visual) user interface, engaging characters, and simple 3D terrain editing. A number of corresponding lesson plans may be found on the website.

Imagine Mars offers lots of activities, webcast information, resources and lots more for grades ranging from 3rd and up.
Participate: Mars for Kids from the Mars Exploration Program is a kids site for ages 4 and up providing games, activities, images, and information about Mars. Also included are links to the most recent images and updates from those tenacious little rovers.

The American Museum of Natural History offers Mars and Earth, a curriculum package of 9 activities for 5–9 year olds intended for informal educational environments. Children explore Mars and Earth through hands–on scientific investigations that range from comparing images to creating comics strips that tell of their imaginary voyage.

Desitnation: Mars is a group of activities that focuses on the surface features of Mars, including volcanos and channels, as well as the possibility for life on Mars. These activities are appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Fingerprints of Life is dedicated to investigating the possibility of past or present life in extreme environments, such as Mars. Classroom activities and the ties to the standards are available. On–line resources are also available through the site. The activities are appropriate for ages 10 to 13.

Arizona State University's Mars educational resources.  A plethora of lesson plans and theme–based units will allow extensive exploration of Mars and the formation of its surface features.   Be sure to check out the Mars Activity Book (–MarsActivities_0.pdf), which contains numerous inexpensive activities.

Through the Mars Student Imaging Project teams of students in grades 5 through college sophomore level actually work with NASA scientists, mission planners and educators to propose a site on Mars for the THEMIS visible wavelength camera onboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft to collect.  The experience is free and is not restricted to classrooms.  Community groups also can propose!

Planet Hunters is a citizen science project collaboration between Yale University and the Zooniverse. Users help in the search for new planets around distant stars by analyzing light waves. The light curves provided on the site are from the publicly released data obtained by NASA's Kepler mission.


Last updated
June 12, 2013


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