The Mars Education Challenge asks high school science educators to develop and submit ingenious ways to fit Mars science and exploration into their classroom lessons.
“The science required to study Mars is largely the same ‘Earth’ science that is currently taught in school districts around the country,” said Chris Carberry, Executive Director, Explore Mars, Inc. “By showing that the study of Mars is highly relevant to the study of Earth, we want to find new ways to excite students not only in space exploration, but in science and engineering – both of which are vital to the competitiveness of this nation. We think that this program will create innovative ways to teach science in the classroom.”
The inaugural Challenge will recognize six curricula entries, five regional and one national. Regional winners will receive $2,500 grants and the national winner will receive a $5,000 grant. Winners will also have an opportunity to do field research with well-known planetary scientists. The national winner will receive an expense paid trip to NSTA’s 2011 National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco where he or she will be recognized at a special awards ceremony. Winning lesson plans will be shared with classrooms nationwide.
Learn more at the Explore Mars website: http://www.exploremars.org/
The deadline for curriculum submissions is January 5, 2011