Next Stop: Mars!
Next Stop: Mars is a 60 minute kick-off for children ages 8–13 that sets the stage for further explorations and activities in Explore! Mars — Inside and Out. As a group, children discuss what they know about Mars. They read books to learn more, and may create a drawing or model of the landscape (optional). The children revisit what they have learned and prepare to explore further.
Geologic Scene Investigators: Part 1 - Scratching the Surface
Geologic Scene Investigators: Part 1 - Scratching the Surface is a six part activity in which children, ages 8 to 13, explore the features of Mars and Earth, including volcanos, craters, and stream channels. The children perform experiments to determine how these features form, and discuss what the features suggest about the history of Mars.
Geologic Scene Investigator: Part 2 - Inside Mars
Geologic Scene Investigator: Part 2 – Inside Mars is a seven part activity in which children, ages 8 to 13, explore further the volcanos on Mars, in comparison with Earth, and learn what they tell us about what is happening inside Mars, and its history. The children create edible models of Mars, examine the patterns of volcanos, and discover why volcanos on Mars are soooooooo big.
Mind Over Mars
In this 30 to 45 minute game, teams of children use their knowledge of Mars to create question cards for a board game that will assess and reinforce their understanding of what they have learned. This activity can be used as a wrap-up for Geologic Scene Investigator: Part 1 or Part 2, or as a wrap-up for the entire investigation.
October 1, 2009