Curiosity launched to Mars November 26, 2011, and arrived in August 2012. Take your classes to Mars with this range of activities, originally published by Ares Education Topics as Destination Mars. Written in 1997, this lesson sequence envisages the first human mission to Mars in May 2018. An educational video was produced at the time, it can be used to support learning.
Lesson 1. Getting There: Navigation and Trajectory
Lesson 2. Tricky Terrain: Investigating Planetary Soils
Lesson 3. Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano
Lesson 4. Mapping Mars: Geologic Sequence of Craters and River Channels
Lesson 5. Searching for Life on Mars
Lesson 6. Why Do We Explore?