The Mars Mission: Building on Mars

This resource provides activities for children aged from 4-11,using the theme of building a settlement on Mars as the context. The activities are:

Children in EYFS listen to the story of ‘Q Pootle’ and are introduced to the types of houses encountered in the story. They learn about robotic rover Rosalind and they go on to construct Martian shelters for the robot, describing the 2D and 3D shapes they have used.

Younger primary children use a variety of boxes and recycled materials to design and build homes on Mars in the future. They discuss shape, appropriate materials and size. They generate mathematical questions related to shape based on their designs. Finally they present their ideas to ESA, justifying their choices.

Older primary children investigate 2D nets to make 3D shapes; they design and build a Martian village using the 3D shapes. They discuss shape, appropriate materials and size. They generate mathematical questions related to shape based on their designs. Finally they present their ideas to ESA, giving reasons for their choices.

This resource is part of the Mission to Mars collection. They has been provided by ESERO-UK to support teachers in learning about the ExoMars Mission.

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