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Lure of the Red Planet: Comparing This World and the Next
Florida Space Science Education Package – Grades 5-7


4Frontiers is now offering, “Lure of the Red Planet: Comparing this World and the Next,” a new supplemental space science curriculum package for grades 5-7.
This comprehensive two-week curriculum is correlated with the new Sunshine State Standards and provides students with an opportunity to learn science concepts while exploring careers in high-demand technology and science fields. Using Mars exploration and settlement as the theme, the curriculum helps students better understand the nature of science and allows them to practice scientific thinking skills, addressing an area in which students often score poorly in the science FCAT.
The computer DVD based package includes over 1,000 pages of background material and more than 150 different activities. Subject matter is organized and easily accessible through an included browser navigation system. Three career video segments featuring leading Mars researchers and two illustrated short stories with science side-bar content are also integrated into the package.
Set in the context of solar system exploration, this package includes an unprecedented perspective of Mars exploration and future settlement, provided by 4Frontiers’ technical and social science experts. Several science supervisors actively participated in package development and aided in tailoring the package to meet the unique needs of grade schools within the state of Florida.

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Week One Curriculum

Week one focuses on Earth and space science concepts and outlines the history of scientific understanding and exploration of the red planet. Students will learn about the solar system, compare and contrast Mars and Earth, explore the effect of Mars on our society (from ancient times to modern popular culture) and learn how scientists have expanded our knowledge of Mars since the dawn of the space age.
Week Two Curriculum
Week two focuses on current and future exploration, including human settlement. Students will explore fundamental questions regarding the nature of mankind’s drive to explore, learn about the technologies to be used in human exploration and those to be used to turn this barren world into another home for humanity.

For package content questions or comments, please contact:
Mark Homnick
Phone: 727-845-4011 Fax: 727-845-4113

"There may be only a brief window of opportunity for space travel during which we will in principle have the capability to establish colonies (which could in turn establish further colonies). If we let that opportunity pass without taking advantage of it we will be doomed to remain on the Earth where we will eventually go extinct." - Richard Gott, "Implications of the Copernician Principle For Our Future Prospects," Nature, 1993
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