The Giant Mars Map displays surface features for the entire planet. The shows displays latitude and longitude and is color coded to show elevation of the surface. Landing sites for various landers and rovers are identified. A chart of Earth/Mars comparative data is also included.
The Giant Mars Map comes with curriculum materials that include five lessons developed at Purdue University by a team lead by Dr. Carla Johnson. These lessons are designed for students in grades 4-6. Each lesson contains an overview, lesson objective, references to the Next Generation Science Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, a list of required materials, and instructions for the teacher to prepare the lesson. The five lessons extend over sixteen 45-minute class periods. Students work in collaborative, real-world based teams to complete the integrated series of research and challenges. The lessons include use of remotely controlled robots that are included with the materials. A sixth lesson has been developed by Jim Christensen, executive director for ShareSpace Foundation and former director of education at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and middle school teacher. This lesson follows the same format, makes further use of robotics, and places emphasis on student collaboration. Additional lessons are currently under development.
Ten copies of Buzz Aldrin’s, Welcome To Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, a National Geographic Kids book, and aVEX IQ robot are included with the map. The book’s content supports the activities contained in the curriculum materials. The robot is used as a part of curriculum activities.
The Giant Mars Map, the Welcome to Mars book, the curriculum materials, and the robots provide a great start when they arrive at your school but they represent only a beginning. At ShareSpace we know that great teachers create great experiences for their students. We encourage you to create your own activities and then connect other teachers and students with you and your students by sharing the activities you have created and even collaborating with another classroom at a different location. We would like to encourage you to partner with us to connect people in order to build a community that shares our excitement about living on Mars.
The Selection Process
Each year, ShareSpace Foundation donates sets of materials that include a Giant Mars Map, a set of 10 Welcome to Mars books, a VEX IQ robot, a curriculum package, and access to training. By submitting the interest form below, you enter the selection process. You can expect an e-mail response to your submission. As the next selection is scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2019, you will receive a newsletter in March from firstname.lastname@example.org instructions and a link to an on-line application. The application will gather data about your organization and ask some short answer/essay questions to allow us to rank the applications. We are primarily concerned with your plans for using the map and being confident that the map will be used widely and over several years. We are also interested in your use of data to determine the success of programs and your willingness to work with the ShareSpace Foundation in gathering evaluation data related to the map and materials. Finally, we need to understand your organization and the degree to which it serves an underserved population. The responses on the application are ranked by an independent selection committee in a manner that keeps members of the selection committee from knowing the identity of the application. After the scores are compiled, the selected organizations are notified and the materials are shipped at no cost to the organization. Organizations not selected will also receive information concerning their status in the selection process. The number of Giant Mars Map materials sets donated is dependent upon our success in fund raising.
It is also possible to purchase a map set or to work with a donor to place a map at your institution. For more information on this option, please contact ShareSpace Foundation.