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Mars Exploration

Want to be a Mars Explorer? Discover the harsh Mars environment and some of the ways humans are exploring the red planet. Using NASA's Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter as inspiration, students will design their own Mars exploration mission and the vehicles they'll need to fulfil their goals

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It's a Mars Life

What would it be like to live on Mars? Using their knowledge of Mars and sustainability know-how, students will learn how to support the first-ever Mars human colony. Exploring human needs to survive on the harsh red planet, students will design sustainable systems for energy, drinking water, food and waste.

Inclusions: Launch Kit with Space Academy t-shirts and more fun

Mars Exploration

How do rockets and helicopters fly? Has there been, or is there life on Mars? This hands-on course is perfect for middle-schoolers who are curious about STEM, space or discovering new worlds. Guided by our certified educators, students develop their science inquiry skills and a growth mindset in a practical immersive learning environment. Using their imaginations and nurturing their problem-solving skills, students use the engineering design process to develop a helicopter and rover, then stretch their thinking to design a Mars exploration. With challenges that help students learn fundamental physics theories and science processes, Mars Exploration is specifically designed for students to participate at home online through live and interactive group lessons. 

There will be a certificate upon completion!

Space exploration has come a long way since the first man walked on the moon in 1969. Today, the boundaries are being pushed and humans are being challenged to look further and farther into space. Exploring Mars is the space industry’s next milestone and the findings will benefit humankind, presenting endless opportunities. With current advancements in technology, engineering, and robotics, uncovering the mysteries of Mars has never been more possible.

  1. Introduction to the Mars environment through guided learning

  2. Introduction to NASA’s Mars exploration vehicles through guided learning

  3. Introduction to fundamental physics theories 

  4. Student-driven inquiry into Mars exploration mission

  5. Follow engineering design process to design and build Mars exploration vehicles 

  6. Complete two challenges to test vehicle design 

  7. Summative presentation on Mars exploration mission 

  • Apply knowledge of the Mars environment and real-life NASA exploration vehicles and use critical thinking to design three exploration vehicles 

  • Critically evaluate the Mars environment and real-life NASA exploration vehicles to develop an inquiry to design a Mars exploratory mission

  • Master fundamental physics theories and mathematic equations in practical activities

  • Collect, analyse and interpret data and demonstrate strong problem solving techniques to refine designs

  • Use clear communication to demonstrate understanding of the Mars environment and basic physics theories

  • Embody and practice growth mindset principles

  1. Introduction to the Mars environment through guided learning

  2. Introduction to NASA’s Mars exploration vehicles through guided learning

  3. Introduction to fundamental physics theories 

  4. Student-driven inquiry into Mars exploration mission

  5. Follow engineering design process to design and build Mars exploration vehicles 

  6. Complete two challenges to test vehicle design 

  7. Summative presentation on Mars exploration mission 

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It's a Mars Life

It’s a Mars Life is for any middle-schooler who has ever wondered about life in space and for those with a passion for environmental sustainability. Using the design engineering process, and challenging their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, students will construct their own sustainable systems to support life in space. Exploring water filtration systems and harnessing solar power for a comfortable life on Mars they’ll learn fundamental physics theories. Guided by our certified educators, students will develop their science inquiry skills and growth mindset in a practical immersive learning environment. It’s a Mars Life is specifically designed for middle school students to participate at home online through live and interactive group lessons. 

There will be a certificate upon completion!

Humans exploring and living on Mars is the next milestone in space exploration. With no breathable oxygen, no surface water, freezing conditions and no protection from the sun and dust storms, Mars is a hostile environment. Located millions of kilometers away from support from Earth, humans must be self-sufficient to live successfully on Mars. Space agencies around the world are currently developing life support systems to ensure astronauts can create their own sustainable sources of oxygen, food, shelter, water, and energy.

  1. Introduction to the Mars environment through guided learning

  2. Introduction to human needs in space through guided learning 

  3. Introduction to environmental science theories

  4. Student-driven inquiry into Mars human colony planning 

  5. Follow engineering design process to design and build sustainable systems 

  6. Complete two challenges to test system design 

  7. Summative presentation on Mars human colony plan

  • Critically evaluate the Mars environment and sustainable practices to develop an inquiry to design a Mars human colony

  • Apply the scientific method with curiosity and imagination to design life support systems for Mars

  • Master fundamental environmental science theories and apply mathematic in practical activities

  • Collect, analyse and interpret data and demonstrate strong problem-solving techniques to refine designs and overcome challenges

  • Use clear communication to demonstrate understanding of the Mars environment and sustainable practices in proposed Mars human colony plan

  • Embody the practice of growth mindset principles

  • Age-group Suitability: Ages 10-13

  • Small Class Sizes: Up to 20 students per class

  • Prerequisite Requirements: None

  • Class Format: Live online learning via Zoom. Practical activities by students at home. Interaction between teacher and students live online

  • Equipment Requirments:

    • Students required to supply various construction materials including everyday stationery items and household recyclables

    • A list will be provided upon course confirmation. 

  • System Requirements: 

    • A computer with a camera, mic, speaker (or headphones)

    • A Gmail account required for Google Class

    • An Internet connection and an internet browser

    • Zoom video conference application

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