Literacy and space science - together at last! Participants write and act out a brief (30-60 second) skit about the weather at a fictitious settlement on Mars. Use a green filming backdrop and Space Stage app to capture videos of the skits—using real images of Mars as a backdrop!
|Add a Tech Twist||Required. This activity requires the use of a "green screen" and tablet or phone.|
|Hints for uses in your library||When promoting the activity, emphasize that participants will need to avoid wearing green-colored clothing. Props and costumes are not required, but encouraged! Adapt this for younger children by introducing the activity as a puppet show where the puppets are astronauts exploring Mars. Structure the activity to use brainstorming and discussion in small groups, in place of script-writing.|
New York Film Academy - How To Create a Green Screen on a Budget
NASA’s Be a Martian
Be a Martian and get the latest Mars news, images, and information and be part of a community of explorers.
Globus, Al (May 07, 2016). “Space Settlement Basics.”
Will We Ever Colonize Mars?
Mars Exploration Program
Mars in Our Solar System
What is Mars?
Pat Rawlings Space Art
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Understanding Martian Resources and Environmental Constraints
Enduring the Journey to Mars | MARS: How to Get to Mars
NASA ScienceCasts: New InSight into the Red Planet
ScienceCasts: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery
ScienceCasts: The Opposition of Mars
Mars Insight Landing
|Originating Source||National Center for Interactive Learning|
[Suggest a book]
How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-This-World Adventure by Mark Brake
Mars by Elizabeth Carney
Mission: Mars by Pascal Lee
Curiosity’s Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet by Ron Miller
Spaceships and Rockets by Deborah Lock
Science Adventures with Max the Dog by Jeffrey O Bennett and Alan Okamoto
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Astronomy: Cool women in space by Anita Yasuda and Lena Chandhok
CatStronauts by Drew Brockington