This material was developed for the Live From Mars project
by Passport to Knowledge. Live
From Mars was a precursor to Mars Team Online.
Countdown to Live From Mars
On the Project Launch Pad
Assuming that most of your students have not taken
this kind of electronic field trip before, you should introduce the project's
various multimedia components.
- Explain that Live From Mars is an interactive "electronic field trip"
in which students simulate real science, visit real locations, interact
with real scientists, in real time. This is achieved through live television
broadcasts, hands-on, in-class activities, and the use of the Internet
as a tool for collaboration, research and communication.
- Provide time for students to share their prior experiences with the
Internet, space exploration and Mars in particular, attitudes towards
science, science textbooks, and science television broadcasts in general.
- Share with students your anticipated implementation timeline for LFM.
Sharing this information with students as you begin validates their
active participation as Mission Planners.
Have students access information (via print or
on-line) on the history of Mars exploration and organize this information
into a timeline.
- There are different ways to organize this Activity. You might assign
the research as an independent assignment, or as a cooperative project.
It could be worked on during school hours or at home.
- This Activity is easily adapted up or down in grade level and readily
lends itself to an interdisciplinary organizational structure, supported
in Social Studies (use of timelines), Library Media Center (research
skills), Language Arts (preparing a written bibliography of sources),
Math (use of spatial measure to show chronological scale of historical
events) and Art (use of appropriate design elements for visual displays).