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The Mars Explorer Program

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Learning Resources to Inspire

The Mars Society of Canada (MSC) looks forward to an exciting and inspiring future on Mars! We think young people deserve to be taken on this journey as well. The mission of the Mars Explorer Program is simple: To provide a free, open-source, accessible and enjoyable learning space to inspire young people to explore Mars! The program is a collection of high-quality, Mars-themed teacher resources and learning modules that are linked to the Canadian provincial curriculums that can be used online or presented to classes by qualified volunteers from the MSC. In the future, the Mars Explorer program will run virtual after school clubs, summer camps, and exciting competitions.

Featured Learning Modules

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How to Build a Community on Mars

Students learn to build a community on Mars using TinkerCad – a child-friendly 3D modelling software.

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Let’s Eat! Growing a Martian Garden

In this project students set up an experiment using the scientific method to grow plants in Mars Soil Simulant.

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How to Write a Diary on Mars

Students learn about composing a diary entry by reading diary entries from Jin Sia, an analog astronaut and engineer.

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Mars on Earth: Analog Missions

What would you need to survive in a habitat on the Moon or on Mars? Students will learn about the Mars analog stations on Earth that are answering this question.

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Look Up! The Sky for Terranauts

This lesson will teach students about the different types of celestial bodies and inspire them with a consideration of light and the vast differences in scale.

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Let’s Go! Mini-Rover Design Basics

Using simple ‘maker tech’, young students will learn the fundamentals about the hardware, software and basic designs that make rovers work well.

The Search for Life: Extracting DNA

You’re a scientist on Mars and found a strange item. It’s something not seen before so you’ll need to test to see if it may be a living organism.

Time Capsules: The Mars Landing

Students will learn about the importance of preserving memories in order to ask important questions about the future.

Permafrost: It’s Not Just an Earth Thing!

Mars was once warm and wet, but now it is covered in permafrost. Where else in the solar system is permafrost, and why did this happen?


Why You Should Become a Martian

Welcome to Mars, Your New Home

Get Involved!

The Mars Explorer Program is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. If you have a passion for Mars and education, and want to contribute to humanity’s inspiring and exciting future on Mars, we’d love to hear from you! We’re currently looking for people who can help in the following ways: Lesson design, in-class presenters, summer camp councilors, competition management, and fundraising. If you can’t volunteer but would still like to support the project, you can support it by becoming a member of The Mars Society of Canada!

Become a Member

Be a part of this!

The Mars Society of Canada offers a professional and credible platform for all space advocates to promote Canada’s participation in Mars science and exploration. By becoming a member of our federal not-for-profit, you provide direct support for our educational, public outreach and analog research efforts. We proudly represent the voice of thousands of Canadians who believe in the profound benefit of Mars exploration, and a multi-planetary future for humanity.