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Learning Labs

space science and engineering

Mission to Mars: Traveling to Space

Extend learning with these resources.

Pre- and post-visit activities

Roles and Manifest (DOC)
Group students together in teams for the Mission to Mars program.

STEM Activity (ZIP)
Students will learn the importance of teamwork, what STEM means and will create a collage that illustrates their understanding of STEM.

NASA Space Centers (ZIP)
Students will learn about the NASA Space Center that will participate in their mission and the scientists and engineers who work there. In preparation for their mission, students will hold a mock videoconference and make notecards with questions for the NASA experts. Please bring these cards to your mission!

Comparing Mars and Earth (ZIP)
Students will compare and contrast the characteristics of Mars and Earth using Google Earth.

Exploring NASA Careers (ZIP)
Students will explore various careers at NASA and in STEM-related fields. At the end of this lesson, students will be able to create and plan a career path.

Additional resources

Mars Exploration Program
mars.jpl.nasa.gov

Mars Science Laboratory
mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl

Mars Exploration Rover Mission
mars.nasa.gov/mer/home/index.html

Mars for Educators 
mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/

Be a Martian
beamartian.jpl.nasa.gov/welcome

NASA TV
www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

NASA Digital Learning Network
www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html

Eyes on the Solar System 3D Simulation
eyes.nasa.gov/index.html

Phoenix Mars Mission Activities
phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/psip_balloon.php

NASA videos
www.youtube.com/watch

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/index.cfm

Mars Exploration Student Data Team
marsed.mars.asu.edu/mesdt-home

Museum connections 

Henry Crown Space Center

Career connections

Marshall Space Flight Center
www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/home/index.html

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
www.jpl.nasa.gov/