ShareSpace’s Giant Mars Map™ is an exciting, core science standards-based, interactive educational tool that helps children develop an understanding for real-world, STEAM-based concepts using the Red Planet as the basis.
Targeted for ages 8-12 years, the vinyl floor map measures 25’ x 25’ and depicts a colorful topography of Mars, as well as the landing sites of Mars rover missions. It can be used on any large surface – from a school classroom to a gymnasium to a museum lobby. Maps are also available in 15’ x 15’ dimensions to suite smaller classrooms.
Paired curriculum, developed at Purdue University based on National Science Standards, engages students through hands-on experiments encompassing language arts, geography, math, science, space exploration, technology, and creative, innovative thinking. There are a total of 6 lessons:
- Lessons 1-5 each contain an overview, lesson objective, references to the Next Generation Science Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, a list of required materials and instructions for preparing the lesson.
- Lessons extend over 16, 45-minute class periods. Students work in collaborative, real-world based teams to complete the integrated series of research and challenges.
- Lesson 6 is designed to help teachers and students create a Mars Mission Control in their classroom. Students take on various roles to determine what research they would like to conduct on Mars, where research stations should be established, and to construct the stations which are then put in place through the use of a VEX IQ robot.
- All lessons include use of a VEX IQ robot that can be both remotely controlled or programmed.
The Giant Mars Map™ is designed to be a platform to ignite the spark of creativity in kids while they sit, stand, walk, play and learn together – promoting teamwork and innovative thinking. Through fun projects like building personally designed space ships and learning the names of craters and land masses on Mars, children’s eyes are opened to the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for them in this new world of space exploration.
Together, the map and accompanying curriculum can be integrated into existing curricula, activities or programs to help enhance the learning environment. It may be permanently placed at an educational institution to be enjoyed by future students, or may be used for one-time activities such as workshops and conventions.
Click here to to learn how you can get the Giant Mars Map™, as well as opportunities for your school or organization to win one at no cost.