Mission to Mars!
In conjunction with Dr. Claire Cousins of the University of St Andrews and the UK Space Agency, GeoBus has developed the following resources, designed to provide a basis for teaching Planetary Science, and an introduction to using Earth Science to bring together topics across the STEM curriculum. It provides experiments, activities and lesson plans all based on recent and upcoming exploration of Mars, and also includes talking points and supporting activities themed around the popular film The Martian.
The material can be easily adapted for any age group, and can be run as individual lessons or combined to create a small project over a few weeks, which can also be linked to a visit from GeoBus. It is also a good starting point for pupils wishing to carry out a CREST Award focused on space exploration or planetary science – for more information please feel free to contact us.
Plate Tectonics on Mars
This activity provides an introduction to Plate Tectonics on Earth, as well as considering the differences between Earth and Mars. The two systems are modeled using yogurt, bread and crackers and the different types of plate boundary can be demonstrated. The slides go through some of the evidence from images of Mars that suggest it previously had an active system of Plate Tectonics, but no longer does.
Tectonics_on_Mars (includes teachers notes, instructions and worksheet – available separately below)
Volcanoes on Mars
This activity introduces the concept of studying volcanoes from a distance by demonstrating that past eruptions can be partly reconstructed and placed in relative age order by mapping out lava flows. A series of volcanic eruptions (vinegar + bicarbonate) are created and the extent and shape of the flows is recorded, then the history of the eruptions is investigated (groups swap ‘final product’ volcanoes to study).
Volcanoes on Mars (includes teacher notes, instructions, worksheet, answer sheet – available separately below)
Coming soon – watch this space!
Coming soon – watch this space
Useful links and other resources
Check out the Mars series of our Geology In A Minute videos!