Could life have formed on Mars early in its history? The MAVEN mission—the next mission to the Red Planet—will study Mars’ climate and climate history. Mars was once a world with oceans, rivers, and lakes, but at some point in its history flowing water disappeared along with most of the atmosphere. What happened is a mystery: How did the atmosphere escape, and how long did that take? MAVEN will launch in November 2013 and arrive at Mars in 2014 to seek answers to such questions.
Join us for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and our accompanying program for elementary grades, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
About the workshop and lessons:
Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
A suite of six standards-based lessons combines science, literacy, and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. Students learn about Mars science, planetary habitability, and future exploration. Students read, write, and listen to both fiction and non-fiction about Mars, conduct research, and share ideas through discussion. Accompanying the lessons are science experiments and demonstrations.
The workshop, offered by the MAVEN education team, will introduce educators to these lessons and concepts. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking ELL and ESL students. Teachers will receive free classroom materials, including a copy of Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s Max Goes to Mars picture book.
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Hi! I'm Erin Wood, educator at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I am an education team member on NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars. My primary programs are the MAVEN Educator Ambassadors professional development, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!, and the Colorado Space Science Teachers Summit. I conduct teacher professional development and create curriculum. Additionally, I coordinate a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Solar and Space Physics funded by the National Science Foundation.
More about me can be found on my profile page listed here.