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As part of the Mars Day 22 mission, we’re inviting schools to host space activities in classrooms alongside fellow schools nationwide – all at the same time!

We will also invite UK STEM Ambassadors to land in your school and join your activity crew for Mars Hour.

Mars Hour will run from 11.00 – 12. 01 and 36.968 seconds (GMT) on Monday 14 March – a real Mars hour!

You and your school can run one full Mars Hour of activities or join for part of the hour. Whatever works for you and your crew.

On the day we will give a shout out to some of the schools involved so you can be stars too!

Explore Mars together next March

We’ll have a galaxy full of space-themed activities and resources to share with you, not only from ESERO-UK, ESA and the UK Space Agency, but from lots of space and STEM partners too!

To launch Mars Hour, check out the ESERO-UK activities and resources below. In the New Year we will feature an array of so many more a-mars-ing activities for you and your school to use for this mission.

ESERO-UK Mars activities

Space Robots Mars day

Martian Explorers: What are Space Robots?

Science, Design & Technology, Primary, 1 hour (1st in a 6 part series)

What exactly is a robot? How can we use robots in space? Task your students to answer these questions and more as they develop ideas for their very own space robot in the first part of a 6-part series exploring the need for exploration robots on Mars (and beyond!).

PanCam Mars Day

Mars Safari Education: pANcAM pATHFINDER

Maths & Computing, Primary, 1 hour

Help the Rosalind Franklin Rover navigate the Martian terrain with this twist on computer programming. Maths and computing unplugged come together as students are tasked with working together to successfully navigate craters, boulders & cliffs and ensure the Rosalind Franklin Rover makes it to the chosen drill sites.

Mars Rover Mars day

Martian Explorers: How does the ExoMars Rover Work?

Design & Technology, Primary, 1 hour (1st in a 6 part series)

Introduce your students to the Rosalind Franklin (previously ExoMars) rover as they embark on the start of a 6-part journey developing and building their own space rover. Students will learn how different mechanical systems work and understand what it means to be an engineer working on a Martian rover!

Solar Cells Mars Day

Martian Safari Education: Solar Cells

Science, Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, 1 hour

How does a rover keep it’s batteries charged away from home? What extra challenges might a rover face on Mars? Students explore the use of solar panels and how electrical circuits work before working in teams to make their very own solar light that could be used as a warning system for their own space rover.

Mars - Mars Day

Martian Explorers: Can You Help Explore Mars?

Design & Technology, Secondary, 1 hour

Working as a specialised robotics engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency students are asked to design and produce a prototype for a new Mars rover that can be used in future exploration missions. Using the work of the ExoMars programme to help understand what is needed from the Mars rover students will explore the properties of space materials and structures and begin to understand how advanced mechanical systems work.

Extreme environments Mars Day

Could life survive in alien environments?

Biology, Secondary, 1 hour

Could life found in extreme environments on Earth survive elsewhere in the Solar System? In this activity students will look at the characteristics of different places in the Solar System and use fact cards of some example extremophiles to hypothesise which they think might be able to survive in the different extra-terrestrial environments.