Journey to Mars


For Grades 3-9 (but can be adapted for all ages)

These Journey to Mars lessons take students through five phases of the Mars settlement process: planning, launching, feeling the health effects of lower gravity, living on Mars, and working on Mars. Every lesson acts as a different phase, each with 1 – 2 activities for students to complete.

For added engagement, use a Journey to Mars Passport and have students collect stamps as they complete each activity.

Download our Free Mars Community Builder App.

Lessons & Activities

Implementation Guide

Prepare for Launch *

Build the Rocket *

Feel the Effects *

Build a Habitat * (Note: requires free app download, tablet use only)

Work on Mars

Mars Community Builder Trigger Cards *

*Lesson uses common household items/can be completed at home.

These resources are based upon work supported by NASA under agreement number NNX16AD70A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of Challenger Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.