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Congratulations! You have selected to participate in NASA’s worldwide Here Today; Gone to Mars Design Challenge. This challenge is primarily intended for students in grades 5-8, but teachers have been able to adapt our challenges to other grades as well, so all are welcome. This challenge addresses the theme of scientific fieldwork, in this case simulating fieldwork to be used on Mars. Locations for fieldwork are centered on Mars analogs, or areas on Earth that are similar to Mars in some way. By studying snowfields in Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, our scientists hope to learn more about the development and use of technologies that will be needed to help understand and explore Mars.They will also learn about polar ice caps and the possibility that life that could exist there. Your students will be adapting what they learn by shadowing NASA scientists in Lassen and designing items needed for their mission to Mars.
In order to accurately track and assess data and, at the same time, to ensure student confidentiality, you will need to assign a four-digit ID for each student. Please record your student names and ID numbers where you can find them after the challenge to be used in the post-challenge survey. This master list of ID numbers should be kept in a safe place throughout the Challenge so that you can refer to it in the event a student forgets his/her number.
Only you will know which student names are assigned to the ID numbers, so please make sure students properly enter their 4-digit number on the surveys and questionnaires.
NOTE: It is important that your students complete the Pre-Challenge Survey before you begin the Challenge activities. Go to: http://188.8.131.52/marschallenge/marschallpre.htm
Thank you for your interest in the Here Today; Gone to Mars Design Challenge.
Instructional plans will be available as classroom Pre-Challenge Surveys
NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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