Welcome to the Voyage to Mars Teacher’s Guide. Here you will find curriculum and instructional materials for implementing a 4-6 week unit associated with the Challenger Learning Center mission by the same name. This unit provides for 3-4 weeks of pre-mission activities, and for several days of post-mission activities. Whole chapters of the Teacher’s Guide may be downloaded as PDF’s by clicking chapter titles; sections of each chapter may be downloaded individually by clicking section headings.

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION

  • Problem-Based Learning
  • PBL Benefits
  • PBL Methodology
  • Cooperative Learning
  • The Role of the Teacher in PBL
  • PBL Climate Setting
  • Setting Rules of Social Engagement
  • PBL Mentoring
  • PBL Assessment
  • References

Chapter 2: EXTREME TRAVEL ADVENTURE CHALLENGE

Chapter 3: VOYAGE TO MARS – MISSION BASICS

Chapter 4: WHOLE GROUP ACTIVITIES

General Mars Information

Communications Practice

Following Directions

Problem Solving

Chapter 5: TEAM TRAINING

Communication (COM)

Data (DATA)

Isolation (ISO)

Life Support (LS)

Medical (MED)

Navigation (NAV)

Probe (PROBE)

Remote (REM)

Press (PRESS)

Chapter 6: CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS

Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Chapter 7: POST-MISSION ACTIVITIES

Chapter 8: ASSESSMENT

Support for program number HST-ED-90285.01-A was provided by NASA through a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Incorporated, under NASA contract NAS5-26555.