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Recipe for a Planet (Mars Version)

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Patrons build edible models of Earth and Mars to compare their sizes, internal layers, and surface features.

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Hints for uses in your library This activity uses food, so be mindful of potential allergens.
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Presentations to provide background information for facilitators
Make a Fan with Earth's Layers
Searching for Other Planets Like Ours - Space Place in a Snap!
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?

Images:
Mars Exploration
Pat Rawlings Space Art
Some images follow the NASA media usage guidelines and may be used for educational or informational purposes. Please note the copyright status of the specific image of interest.

Slideshows:
Understanding Martian Resources and Environmental Constraints

Videos:
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 Lunar and Planetary Institute
Related Books
[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 (Also available in Chinese and Dutch Ebook )
Astronomy: Cool women in space by Anita Yasuda and Lena Chandhok
CatStronauts by Drew Brockington

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Participants Enjoyed the Activity 
Participants Learned from This Activity 
Activity Instructions Were Clear and Easy to Follow 
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04/23/2018

A fun adventure

Kids had a great time, and recognized the modeling of the planetary layers remarkably well during assembly. The process was almost as messy as expected, but instructions are well-written to minimize that as much as possible. To make really clear layers of sprinkles would have required far more sprinkles than indicated in the recipes. A group of three seemed to be the easiest size, with two kids collaborating on Earth and one for Mars.

The kid-friendly recipe sheets are quite clear and work really well for the model creation process. The accompanying questions are great and really help with the comparison process.

I would probably use this as a wrap-up activity rather than an introduction, but would definitely consider repeating the activity as a high-interest illustration.

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Recipe for a Planet (Mars Version)

Recipe for a Planet (Mars Version)

Patrons build edible models of Earth and Mars to compare their sizes, internal layers, and surface features.