Fifth Grade Mission to Mars

The Ares Crew with the Mars Rover

Fifth grade students at Sacred Heart School get to experience a unique hands-on space exploration and Mars colonization simulation. This year-long journey combines math, science, engineering, communication, and the arts while giving students the opportunity to demonstrate problem solving and cooperative teamwork.  The Mars Mission Flight begins in the fall with students completing Base Operations at school. During Base Operations, students learn about the planet Mars and the special challenges it poses to human settlement, while applying engineering, technology and fine arts concepts. Throughout the year, the students design and construct a life support system, and prepare a habitat. They communicate with a partner team from a school or schools in other towns, and they create a mission patch and write a saga describing their journey from Mars to Earth.

Near the end of the year, they attend a Link-Up Day activity where they join teams from all over the state to construct their inflatable plastic habitat, eat a carefully prepared Link-Up day lunch, and experience a little bit of life on Mars.

We have arrived!

The Air Force checks our provisions

The Air Force checks our provisions

Preparing the habitat

Preparing the habitat

Up she goes!

Up she goes!

The Ares Crew with Mission Control

The Ares Crew with Mission Control

Our carefully weighed lunch

Our carefully weighed lunch