Educator Resources

Encourage students to explore, evaluate and explain using virtual activities that bring learnings of the Perseverance Mission and NASA's journey to Mars into the classroom.


Grades 2 - 5:
  • Pocket Solar System: make a scale model of the solar system using a strip of paper and pencil. Grades 2 and up. Can be conducted in-person or virtually.
  • Searching for Life: Observe and test soil samples for evidence of life. Can be conducted in person or virtually. Grades 3-8.
  • MARS Match Game: compare satellite views of Earth and Mars. Can be conducted in person or virtually using a powerpoint alternative. Grades 3 and up.
  • TouchDown: design and improve a lander for two Mars “astronauts.” Best done in-person, but can be done virtually with teams asking facilitators to modify the design for them. Grades 3 and up.

More great activities.


Grades 5 - 8:
  • On Target: modify a paper cup so it can zip down a line and drop a marble onto a target
  • Solar System Scroll: predict the scale of our solar system and the distance between planets, then check their answers using fractions.
  • Touchdown:  design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two "astronauts" when they land.
  • Soda Straw Rockets: study rocket stability as they design, construct and launch paper rockets using soda straws.

More great activities.


Grades 9 - 12:

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