4-H STEM Challenge

Mars Base Camp

The race to land humans on Mars is on! The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp.

Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

Kits are available in 2 sizes - Family Kit and Educator Kit

Mars Base Camp will explore sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain human life in space. Both educator and family-sized kits will include four activities:

  • Landing Zone Surveyor is an unplugged activity where kids will attempt to land on Mars and discover features that are important for setting up a base camp.
  • Red Planet Odyssey is an unplugged activity where kids will use engineering skills to build a vehicle that can explore the surface of Mars.
  • Crop Curiosity is an unplugged activity where kids will learn about biology, environmental science, and agriculture to grow nutritionally efficient food on Mars.
  • Insight from Mars is an activity that can be done unplugged or online that teaches kids to code and share a discovery they made on Mars using CS First and Scratch.

Facilitator Guide - English

Facilitator Guide - Spanish

Youth Guide - English

Youth Guide - Spanish

Mars Map Cards in Spanish

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Social media images

There are 3 versions of images in different sizes, in both English & Spanish.

English Social Media images - Facebook, Instagram, Instagram Story and Twitter.

Spanish Social Media images - Facebook, Instagram and Instagram Story

Mars Base Camp kit
Mars Base Camp kit
 
Mars Basecamp Rocket
Mars Basecamp Rocket
 
Mars Basecamp post with youth
Mars Basecamp post with youth