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Getting Dirty on Mars (Student Guide and Teacher Guide) DLESE Reviewed Collection
This activity is an interactive way to introduce students to the basics of soil science. Based on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, students will simulate what it is like to collect soil samples on another planet. By measuring for themselves many of the properties scientists use to characterize soil samples, students will be better prepared to interpret those properties as used in actual applications. The Teaching Tips describes goals, materials needed, objectives, time frame, standards addressed, and several tips on conducting this activity in the classroom.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product will be distributed though national teacher workshops, the Mars Education Website, the Phoenix Mars Lander website, the Jet Propulsion Lab?s Mars Exploration education website, and the NASA Portal.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-458
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: ASU
Mars Space Flight Facility