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New Set of Explore Science Activities

Date: 09/05/2013
Category: Explore News
By: Eve Halligan

New Activities!

We are excited to announce a new set of Explore hands-on science activities has been added to the website! Explore: Life on Mars? will introduce children to and engage them in the science of life in the universe (i.e., astrobiology) and Mars.

Is there life on Mars? Within our solar system, Mars has always been in the forefront of our search for life beyond Earth. From little green men to alien-made canals, our imaginations have sometimes gotten the better of us, but as missions shed new light on the red planet, our hopes for uncovering the building blocks of life on another world are renewed. Through hands-on investigations and discussions, children will build an understanding of five key messages relating to the search for life on Mars!

The Life on Mars? activities were developed in accord with guidelines set forth by the National Science Education Standards and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) benchmarks, and they are designed for 8 to 13 year olds with special consideration toward effectively engaging girls in science.

The new activities and resources may be found here: Explore: Life on Mars

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