Lesson 1: Mars rover

After watching a clip of the ‘NASA Rover Curiosity Landing on Mars’ children calculate the distance to Mars in familiar objects to help them understand the great expanse that the data gathered has to travel

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying how and why data is collected from space

  • Identifying a type of data which the Mars Rover may transmit back to Earth

  • Knowing the meaning of ‘data’ and ‘transmit’

  • Understanding the challenges of transmitting data over large distances

  • Giving a reason why data is being collected from the Mars Rover

Lesson Plan

Calculating the distance to Mars and transmission of data
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Teacher Video: Mars rover

Presentation: Mars rover


How far away is Mars?
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Kapow Primary, 
Computing specialist
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