MarsQuest Online is a website allowing learners to explore Mars in many different ways. Learners can launch a spacecraft to Mars, explore the Martian volcanoes and canyons, solve mysteries about the search for life on Mars and explore the Martian images sent back to Earth from the Martian Rover. There are many activities share it could inspire a complete science topic of investigations about many scientific concepts!
The activities include learners driving the Martian Rover and Exploring a 3D Mars learning about the red planet through each activity. Check out the three example links below:
There are also lots of resources and many Martian Links on the Links and Resources page, including ideas for classroom activities and a family guide to Mars. In addition, you will see, if you scroll down to the bottom of that page, that there are many further great links under the headings of Mars Education and Life on Mars that are worth exploring.
“The National Science Foundation’s Division of Informal Science Education (ISE) promotes public interest, understanding, and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through voluntary, self-directed, and lifelong learning opportunities. The ISE program supports a variety of projects, including:
• Television programs, films, and radio shows
• Exhibits and educational programs at museums, science and technology centers, aquaria, nature centers, zoos, and libraries
• Educational programs and activities through community and youth-based programs
MarsQuest Online is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.”