Welcome to The Mars Lab
The Mars Lab is a both a Mars Yard (a re-creation of the Martian surface) and a robotics lab established within Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. It engages young people at high school in the search for life on Mars and the technologies which enable that search.
60 Minutes On Mars is a five lesson teacher-led unit of science curriculum-linked activities that provide an introduction to the search for evidence of life on Mars culminating with a teleoperation rover driving experience. Students investigate the main geological and astrobiological features of interest on the Martian surface and use this knowledge to carefully plan their rover mission.
Teachers can follow the lessons step by step or choose to extend and vary the focus for their students as they develop a scientific goal for their Mars photographic mission.
Suitable for Years 7-10
VIDEO CONFERENCE EVENT WITH THE DRIVER OF CURIOSITY!
Coming soon: A recording of the video conference free to watch! Look at the blog for images and news stories from the event. Her passion for chasing her dreams (as impossible as they may have seemed), her zeal to achieve them through hard work and her willingness to take (calculated) risks are incredibly admirable. She is young, cool and an amazing role model for young people (especially the young ladies in your schools), who are or maybe interested in science and engineering. During the video conference event Vandi will share her story, the successes and challenges she experienced along the way, the studies and work experiences that led her to her current work, and of course, her experiences driving Curiosity. We also plan to have Vandi teleoperate our Mawson Rover during the conference! Look out for new video conference events from the Marslab coming term 2.