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Mars Rocks! Sample Return Mission

Type : Virtual School Program
Grade : 6
Duration : 60 minutes
Capacity : one group, maximum 35 students
Price : $200 per group
Language : English only

The year is 2029. Several Mars rovers have collected rock and soil samples from across the planet’s surface. Your mission: Remotely control a rover across the rocky terrain, retrieve the sample containers and place them onboard a rocket ship destined for Earth. Are you up for the challenge?

Whether you’re teaming up with others in a classroom or remotely from home, you’ll have to work together to complete your mission! Through this live program, you’ll engage in synchronous activities alongside your fellow participants and our expert program facilitator.

Schedule until December 17, 2021:

10 a.m. or 1 p.m. 
October 20 & 27
November 2, 5, 12, 19 & 25
December 1, 8, 14 & 17

For dates that are currently available, please refer to the Request Your Virtual School Program form.

Produced by the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Framingham State University.

Curriculum Connections:

Strand : Understanding Earth and Space Systems
1 Assess the impact of space exploration on society and the environment
1.2 Evaluate the social and environmental costs and benefits of space exploration, taking different points of view into account
2 Investigate characteristics of the systems of which the earth is a part and the relationship between the earth, the sun, and the moon
2.2 Use technological problem-solving skills to design, build, and test devices (e.g., a sundial, a model of the earth’s rotation around the sun) for investigating the motions of different bodies in the solar system
2.3 Use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate scientific and technological advances that allow humans to adapt to life in space
2.4 Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including axis, tilt, rotation, revolution, planets, moons, comets, and asteroids, in oral and written communication
2.5 Use a variety of forms (e.g., oral, written, graphic, multimedia) to communicate with different audiences and for a variety of purposes
3 Demonstrate an understanding of components of the systems of which the earth is a part, and explain the phenomena that result from the movement of different bodies in space.
3.1 Identify components of the solar system, including the sun, the earth, and other planets, natural satellites, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids, and describe their physical characteristics in qualitative terms
3.2 Identify the bodies in space that emit light (e.g., stars) and those that reflect light (e.g., moons and planets)
3.3 Explain how humans meet their basic biological needs in space
3.4 Identify the technological tools and devices needed for space exploration
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