Below are the links to get you and your class started on an exciting trip to Mars via the Giant Mars Map™:
- Giants Mars Map™ Teacher’s Guide & Lessons 1-5 Curriculum
- Establishing Mars Research Stations
- Big Red Planet Tour
- Data Collection related to Giant Mars Map Activities
Below are the links to education activities to get you and your class started on an exciting trip to the Moon via the Giant Moon Map™:
- Overview: This document contains a welcome letter concerning the Giant Moon Map Education Activities.
- Standards: These pages contain a discussion of standards that are and can be addressed through the activities.
- Resources: The page contains a list of trusted sources for information on the internet.
- Lunar Pro Globe: This link will take you to the web site explaining the globe created by our augmented reality partner, AstroReality.
- Augmented Reality: Instructions to download the AstroReality App.
- Strategies for Differentiation and Adaptation
- Care of the Giant Map
- Materials required
- Press Release: This document describes the donation of Giant Moon Maps and material sets to 50 locations world-wide.
Giant Moon Map Education Activities
- Let's Plan to Make History: Students will work together in teams to create a program concerning the first steps taken and words spoken on Mars. The class product will be a video, edited to show the first steps on Mars, a follow-up press conference with the crew, interviews with Flight Director and Deputy Flight Director, and interviews with each of the teams that created the lander, Mars set, EVA suits, and video.
- Failure is an (essential) Option: Much had to be learned in order to meet President Kennedy’s goal of landing a person on the moon and returning safely to the Earth. Many missions failed to meet their goals, some with tragic results and some merely with loss of equipment. No matter the outcome, each mission contributed to eventual success and meeting the President’s goal.
- We Came in Peace for All Mankind: This project is conceived as a team project where groups of students work together to research, report, design, construct and explain a visitor complex for people visiting the Apollo lunar landing sites.
- Are We There Yet? Students will explore the varying distances between the Earth and the Moon.
- Moon Base Project: In this project, student teams will develop a base for living on the Moon that accounts for essentials for supporting life, quality of life issues, and construction of model base components.
- We Really Did go to the Moon: Students will gather and report information concerning the facts of the six missions that landed on the moon.
- We Went to the Moon, and Brought Back Rocks: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory: In this lesson students will consider the training for astronauts to select rocks on the lunar surface and the design of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory where the rocks were studied upon return.
- How Big? How Far? Mathematics will be applied as a tool by students to explore how the Mollweide projection Moon map relates to the Lunar Pro Globe, the scale of the map to a model Earth, and the resulting scale distances.
- Let the Games Begin: Students will consider how gravity affects games played on Earth, how lunar gravity might impact an Earth game played on the Moon, and design a new game for lunar inhabitants.
- To Boldly Go: Students will create a story of living on the Moon.
- Data Collection related to the Giant Moon Map and activities.
As a recipient of a ShareSpace Education Giant Moon and/or Mars Map™, we request the following from you:
- Join our online network of other Giant Map teachers
- Provide us data as to your use of both Giant Moon and Giant Mars Maps. This data collection is intended to be an ongoing process.
- Participate in discussions about how you’ve been using the Map, how your students are interacting with it, new lessons you’ve created or found, questions or issues you’ve come across, etc.
- Regularly post pictures and/or videos of the Map in use. Click here to upload to our Giant Map Community Page.
Count on us to provide you with:
- New lessons posted on this page.
- Your school name displayed on the ShareSpace Education Map Location webpage.
- Ongoing logistical, technical, educational and moral support upon request.