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A Kids’ School Project About Mars
Updated April 24, 2017
By Jennifer Eblin
Mars is a fascinating planet, researched and examined by scientists for years. The combination of gases, bacteria and other substances discovered on the planet led researchers to believe that humans cannot inhabit Mars. That idea alone makes for a science project focusing on the planet. Mars science project ideas are suitable for children of all ages. Some ideas are even appropriate for younger children who are just beginning to learn about the solar system.

Life on Mars
Create a hypothesis determining whether life exists on Mars. Custom-fit the idea to your grade level and experience. Younger children may focus on the idea of whether humans can live on Mars, while older students may look at different types of living organisms. Include any research you find in the same vein, such as scientists who discovered bacteria living on Mars. Explain why certain types of organisms can live on the planet while others cannot. Use your research to back up the hypothesis you introduced at the beginning of the project.

Explain Mars
Make a science project that discusses the basics of Mars. Younger children may opt to create their own version of Mars by painting a large Styrofoam ball to resemble photographs taken of the planet. Modeling clay of different colors applied to a Styrofoam ball will also produce a fake planet that resembles the real one. Ask students to create a list of facts and data on Mars and have them present them along with their version of the planet.

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Humans on Mars
Discuss in-depth the reasons why humans can’t survive on Mars, including the temperature and gases in the atmosphere. Then discuss what humans would need to do in order to adapt to life on Mars. Tell students to rely on science fiction ideas as a basis for their project and explain whether these ideas would work in real life. For example, discuss apparatuses that let humans breathe and survive on the planet. Or discuss what needs to happen on Mars for humans to live there and the odds of these changes occurring.

What You Need
Ask younger children to make a list of everything humans need to survive on Mars, including fresh air, drinking water and a food source. Older children who know more about Mars can write from the perspective of organisms living on the planet. The science project describes the atmosphere of Mars and how it allows certain types of organisms to live on the planet. The focus of the project is on what it takes to live on Mars and how these needs differ from those about earth.

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A Kids’ School Project About Mars
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Mars Science Project Ideas
Updated April 24, 2017
By Dawn Quinn
Mars is one of the most studied and debated planets in the solar system. Based on its proximity to the Earth and discoveries made on Mars, scientists and the general public speculate that the planet hosted a population of inhabitants and an intelligent way of life, much like Earth does today. Students can do a number of projects based on Mars, to help them study the planet. Most require only basic materials and time.

Model of Mars
Have students research the planet and learn about any discoveries made on the planet. Using craft foam balls and/or paper mache, have students make a model of what they think the planet looks like. Use acrylic craft paints to paint the various colors they believe the planet to be, based on photos published by NASA. In recent years, scientists claimed to discover deep valleys, mountains, caves and water on Mars. Have students incorporate those findings into their models.

Plan a Mission
Separate the students into groups and have them plan a mission to Mars. Have each team study the planet and develop theories about how much time it may take to get there, based on the estimated distance of the planet from Earth, how much food needs to be taken, and what is needed to survive on the trip. Have each group of students present their mission plans to the class.

Life on Mars
Students of all ages can take part in this project. The goal is for students to outline in words and pictures what they believe life on Mars was like. Elementary students can draw pictures of what the think Martians look like, and what sort of buildings might exist on the planet. Older students can write essays and create examples of what they think life on Mars was like based on research. Have them consider features of the planet, such as the temperature and landscape, and develop possible types of sports and other activities for the Martians.

Martian Magnetsim
Study indicates that Mars is the only planet that does not have a magnetic field around it. It is proven with testing, however, Mars has a thick magnetic crust that is more powerful than the magnetic field around the Earth. Have students demonstrate magnetism by assigning children various sizes of magnets and an assortment of small objects. Have the students test each object with a magnet and document how the item reacts to a magnet. The idea is to get the students to understand how each item may react if it was on Mars.

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