Moon to Mars

Planet Mars

Suggested Lesson:  Let's Investigate Mars
This lesson will help your students answer the question: What do I need to know about Mars in order to live there in the future?

Full Collection: 21st Century Explorer
NASA's 21st Century Explorer activities are standards-based lessons designed for students in grades 3-5. The series uses the Internet, animation and video to introduce science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and space exploration concepts.


NASA Explore Moon to Mars App Development Challenge: Ascent Abort 2 logo

Suggested Lesson: NASA Explore Moon to Mars App Development Challenge: Ascent Abort 2
NASA’s App Development Challenge provides an opportunity for middle and/or high school students to demonstrate the practice of coding and app development.

Full Collection: NASA Explore Moon to Mars
NASA Explore Moon to Mars website describes NASA's plans to lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.


Child looking at a poster activty

Suggested Lesson: A Trip to Mars
Participants play a game that steps through a human mission to Mars, to learn about the variety of people on the ground supporting missions, and the factors that can affect a mission outcome.

Full Collection: STARnet STEM Activity Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse provides family-friendly activities and resources for libraries and public events.

Imagine Mars

Suggested Lesson: Imagining Sustainable Communities on Mars
Students consider the types of people and careers a community will need on Mars, the way life on Mars will be different from life on Earth, and what it will require to provide new Martians with a full and satisfying community life.

Full Collection: Imagine Mars
The Imagine Mars Project is a hands-on, STEM-based project that asks students to work with NASA scientists and engineers to imagine and design a community on Mars, then express their ideas through the arts and humanities, integrating 21st Century skills.

Mars game home screen

Suggested Lesson: Adventure to Mars online game
You and your crew are about to blast off to Mars! Your spaceship already contains the things you need to stay alive such as air, food, water, and heaters. But now, you must decide what else to bring.

Full Collection: NASA's Space Place
NASA's Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos.