This material was developed for the Live From Mars project
by Passport to Knowledge. Live
From Mars was a precursor to Mars Team Online.
Live From Mars Project Overview
Live From Mars is an integrated multimedia project, which uses
Each medium contributes what it does best. Participants in past projects
report that students benefit most when all three components are utilized
to the fullest.
On-line . . . . . . . . .
| The Internet breaks down the walls of the classroom and brings
the world and world-class researchers to any school, any place, any
- On-line opportunities facilitate direct, individual interactions
with leading scientists, experts and their support teams, through
- "Field Journals" and "Biographies" provide behind-the-scenes
anecdotes which personalize the scientific process
- Images and weather data direct from Mars will be available via
the Internet in close to real time
- On-line collaborative activities encourage students to collect
data locally, and share it nationally and internationally, validating
their efforts by seeing their research and writing published on
A Guided Tour of the project's on-line environment is accessible via:
- Teachers share curriculum ideas and implementation challenges
with other teachers via on-line mail-lists
- All materials, including the discussions, remain accessible
indefinitely via an on-line Archive
- The project provides on-line components both for those limited
to e-mail only, and those with full access to the World Wide Web
Print . . . . . . . . . .
Video . . . . . . . . . .
| The print materials provide all a teacher needs to create classroom
lessons and Activities: the Guide (also accessible on-line) provides
a teacher-friendly, easy-to-use introduction to the entire project,
and is co-packaged with camera-ready masters of Student Worksheets
and key visuals to support the Activities, an original full-color
poster, and background NASA publications.
Hands-on Activities simulate key aspects of the research seen
during the project and illuminate key scientific concepts.
Many of the Activities suggest adaptations up and down in grade
level beyond middle school.
Many of the Activities suggest ways to connect across the disciplines
to math, social studies, language arts, art and computer classes.
Icons signal these opportunities.
Each Activity retains the pedagogically sound Engage, Explore,
Explain, Expand format of previous Guides.
Opening and Closing Activities help teachers create a productive
anticipatory set and/or reinforce learning after the live video
or on-line interactions
A Teacher's Kit provides more extensive materials, including the
Guide and its co-packaged publications, a bonus color poster, a
Mars slide set, a VHS teacher orientation tape including NASA animations
and Activity demos, a Mars CD-ROM, and curriculum materials underwritten
by the Mars Exploration Directorate of NASA's JPL-and more. (To
order the Kit, fill in and return the form co-packaged with this
| Television provides the sights and sounds, the people, places and
processes, which put a living context around the text.
Teachers rate the live component of the Live From... videos highly,
although most teachers use them on tape: there's no contradiction.
The excitement of the original live interactions is maintained while
teachers gain flexibility by using the videos on tape.
- Personal portraits of the researchers and their lives humanize
the hard work of doing science and demystify high-tech careers
- Cutting-edge telecommunications connects students to remote
and otherwise inaccessible locations
- Graphics and dynamic visuals simplify complex concepts
- Live, two-way exchanges between students and researchers symbolize
the interactive possibilities universally available via the Internet
How the Components work together-an example
Activity 1.1, "Rocket Science 101" uses simple balloons to give students
hands-on experience with issues of thrust, fuel and payloads, as an
application of Newton's Laws. On November 19, 1996, Live From Mars,
Program 1, "Countdown", will feature a real-world application of these
principles with a report on the launch of Mars Global Surveyor. Students
in Worcester, MA, childhood home of American rocket pioneer Robert
H. Goddard, will interact live with today's rocket scientists at Cape
Canaveral, where Mars Pathfinder is being readied for launch. And
on-line students can find background information on the Delta II rockets
that will be used for both missions.
| If you have questions, you'll find discuss-lfm responsive to your
individual interests and needs: this on-line Teachers' Lounge allows
you to make suggestions, ask for advice and share ideas, creating
a "Virtual Community" which turns the Guide, videos and other on-line
materials into living documents which will evolve during the course
of the project. There's no "royal road to Geometry" said Euclid, and
there's no one way to implement Live From Mars. We hope you'll work
with us to find many right ways to bring the exploration of the Red
Planet to life for your students.