August 28, 2015 – The MAVEN education team will give a one-day workshop to introduce educators to the MAVEN mission and the accompanying elementary program, “Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on Saturday, September 12.
The workshop will introduce educators to six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability, the MAVEN mission, and future exploration. Using the lessons, teachers will be able to engage students as they conduct research, listen to both fiction and non-fiction about Mars, and share ideas through discussion. The workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking ELL and ESL students.
Teachers will receive free classroom materials, including a copy of Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s Max Goes to Mars picture book.
The workshop will take place at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. Registration is $15, and participants may bring one guest for no additional charge. Space is limited. Register online.
MAVEN, has been orbiting Mars since 2014. Mars was once a world with an ocean, rivers and lakes, but at some point in the planet’s history, the flowing water disappeared, along with most of the atmosphere. MAVEN is hoping to unravel the mystery of what happened to cause to cause the atmosphere escape and how long it took.