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20160301 - 60 Minutes on Mars - 01 March 2016 - 13:30 - Stream 2

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60 Minutes on Mars


Classifications: Enabled, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences



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Date: 01 March 2016

Start Time: 13:30

End Time: 14:30

Duration: 60 Minutes

Closing Date: Bookings Close

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 2

Non-DEC Positions: 2

Price: $110 (Discount for RAM Equity)

KLA Syllabus: Primary,Secondary

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Event Overview: In this exciting virtual excursion your students get the unique opportunity to remotely drive one of our research Mars rovers (Continuum, Mammoth or EMR-Mawson), from your very own Mission Control Room (your classroom) to conduct a scientific investigation on the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Mars Yard to search for evidence of past and present life on Mars.

During the mission, students will drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard and take photographs using the rover’s camera. These images will be sent to your students to analyse after the mission.

NOTE: please see condition below.


Recommended pre-excursion and post-excursion activities: nbnmarslab.com/unit/60-minutes-on-mars/

Pre-excursion activities:

To prepare for the Mars mission, your students can use our resources to:

Develop a scientific goal for the 60 Minutes on Mars mission (virtual excursion)

Familiarise themselves with the various rocks and formations they may find on the Mars Yard ie: rocks and formations formed by the action and processes of water (sedimentary rocks, fossils, hematites, etc)

Plan their mission path

Practice their rover driving skills using the Virtual Mars Yard

Post-excursion activities:

After the mission, your students can use our resources to:

Reflect on the investigation

Analyse the data collected on the mission to draw conclusions around Mars potentially having once had environments that could have supported life

Communicate findings

Booking Instructions:

Additional Booking Instructions: Condition: In order to take part in this excursion, students must participate in the associated research. This involves completion of a pre-excursion and post-excursion survey. A university representative will contact you regarding permission to participate in this research project.

Further Information: If you would like to request an alternate date and time, please contact book@maas.museum.

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The principal of the school has received permission for each participating student to be photographed and for their image and voice to be recorded.
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