The premise of this activity is that the school is sending a rover to Mars. Its mission is to search for evidence that life has ever existed there. It is the job of the class to decide where the rover should land on Mars. They will do this by working in groups and investigating six potential landing sites and weighing up the pros and cons of each. This activity is aimed at the 14-16 age group.
The landing site selection requires systematic and careful observations, interrogate data based on success criteria, record findings and rank most to least appropriate. They must work with negative values, use basic equations to solve problems. They will use satellite images and contour maps to identify spatial patterns, measure distances and consider scale.