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Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a VolcanoAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover how geologists use stratigraphy, the study of layered rock, to understand the sequence of geological events.
Learners recreate the classic egg-drop experiment with an analogy to the Mars rover landing. The concept of terminal velocity will be introduced, and learners perform several velocity calculations.
Mars Perseverance Activity: Mud Splat CratersAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore the physics of impact craters from their own backyard using mud. Learners are encouraged to match features of real impact craters to their models.
Human-powered OrreryAdd to list Details
In this space science activity, learners work together to create a human-powered orrery to model the movements of the four inner planets.
Tabloid ScienceAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners analyze a fictionalized report of life on Mars, based on a real NASA satellite photo, and explore how to separate scientific fact from fiction.
Exploring the Solar System: Mars RoversAdd to list Details
In "Exploring the Solar System: Mars Rovers," participants learn about how scientists and engineers use robotic rovers and other vehicles to explore distant worlds, and experience some of the challeng
Getting There!: Navigation and TrajectoryAdd to list Details
In this two-part activity, learners map a navigation plan to get from Earth to Mars and back. In activity one, learners represent the orbital paths of Earth through dance and dramatic movement.
Exploring the Universe: Static ElectricityAdd to list Details
This activity encourages visitors to build an electroscope—a simplified version of one of the tools scientists use to study the invisible forces on Earth and in space.
Solve The Fall
In this twist on a classic design challenge, learners will try to stop a bouncy ball from bouncing as they explore how to control the fall of an object.
Searching for LifeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discuss how life is defined and conduct a simple experiment, looking for signs of life in three different “soil” samples.
Mars from Above: Viewing VolcanoesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners create volcanoes like those they have examined on Earth and Mars through images taken by spacecraft.
Mars from Above: Carving ChannelsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners create channel features with flowing water, comparing their observations to real images of Mars and Earth taken by satellites/orbiters.
Rover RacesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners experience some of the challenges of "tele-operating" a robotic vehicle on another planet when they design and execute a series of commands to guide a human "rover" through
Mars Perseverance Activity: AreologyAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners take core samples of candy bars with a straw and carefully observe & excavate their sample, modeled after what the NASA Perseverance rover will do on Mars.
Portable Potable Pressure
In this activity, learners use plastic water bottles, wood, and water to build an inexpensive and portable tool to demonstrate one atmosphere of pressure at sea level.
Earth and MarsAdd to list Details
Based on color photographic images, learners compare geological features on Earth and Mars to understand similarities and differences between the two planets, and consider the forces that created land
Ice on MarsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use sand and ice cubes to create a model of permafrost and the effects of the ice melting through the surface.
Solar System on a Stick
Learners build a model of the planets in the solar system. In their model, the planets are spaced in their relative distance from the Sun.
Signs of LifeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners examine photo images of Earth taken from space, and attempt to identify and explain some of our planet's geological features.
MarsBound!: Mission to the Red PlanetAdd to list Details
MarsBound! is an engineering simulation activity in which learners use realistic techniques to plan a mission to Mars.