With over 20 years experience in developing classroom curriculum and Mars related lessons the Mars Education program seeks to continually develop and deliver outstanding authentic and engaging science activities and STEM related resources for students through grades K-12. Mars curriculum has been developed to support the teachers increasing needs and responsibilities in the classroom. Each lesson contains comprehensive explanations and alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards, Anderson and Krathwohl’s Taxonomy for Learning, and Instructional Objectives and Learning Outcomes. Assessments and rubrics are embedded and aligned to learning outcomes, along with enrichment sheets and answer keys. Teachers can also find that the lessons support the essential 21st Century Skills Development, along with Common Core, 5-E Inquiry Cycle, and National Technology Education Standards. Mars Education curriculum engages students in ways that go beyond that of traditional science to cultivate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Authentic Science Experiences
The ASU Mars Education Program provides authentic science experiences for both teachers and students. Student team-based research experiences are offered through the Mars Student Imaging Project and the Mars Exploration Student Data Teams immersive and experiential activities link student teams with active Mars research projects and scientists. Students conduct authentic research and learn how science works by being scientists. Educator field experiences help teachers learn science and engineering principals and content via first-person experiences.