In this activity children use the context of exploring Mars to investigate living things, habitats and electricity. The activities are:
Younger primary children learn about a selection of Earth’s extremophiles and their habitats. In contrast, they observe living things from under the surface of the school garden and carry out a practical comparative investigation of earthworms. Finally, they learn about the geography and features of Mars, and consider what kind of living things might survive on the red planet.
Older primary learners discover that some microorganisms are able to produce electricity and they could be useful for future Mars exploration. They investigate materials that conduct electricity, including smart materials such as electric playdough as ‘nano wires’ and light emitting diodes, and use them to complete a circuit.
These resources are part of the Mission to Mars collection. They has been provided by ESERO-UK to support teachers in learning about the ExoMars Mission.