Virtual Visit

After more than 6 exciting months of space exploration, including a travel to the red planet, colonizing Mars by designing and building Mars shelters, many hands-on experiments, and scheming rover missions on the Mars surface, crafting models of the solar system and creating stories that showcase the full creativity and spirit of their age, the students of the 5th grade at Elllinogermaniki Agogi (www.ea.gr) in Greece have celebrated their successfully completed Mars Missions. Together with their teachers, more than 150 students presented on 3 May 2018 to their parents and to the public their work and the digital e-books, created with images, videos, sounds and animations in the STORIES story-telling platform (http://www.marsstories.eu/).

The students have invested enormous time and efforts within and outside of their classroom to design and plan their Mars Missions as complete stories, worked in groups to craft and create design their rockets and building on Mars, and found solutions on how to maintain life on the red planet. They had to overcome all the challenges that space travel provide and together with their teachers and scientific experts come up with creative solutions that allow a settlement on Mars.

A true highlight of the event was a virtual visit and live-broadcast to the Biosphere2 in Arizona (http://biosphere2.org/). Kevin Bonine and Katie Morgan explained the students the importance of the work that scientists are doing to better understand the atmosphere on earth. On the other hand, EA’s students were using this opportunity to interact directly with the scientists, asking them about the potential input and impact of their work for a possible future Mars Missions.

A true highlight of the event was a virtual visit and live-broadcast to the Biosphere2 in Arizona (http://biosphere2.org/). Kevin Bonine and Katie Morgan explained the students the importance of the work that scientists are doing to better understand the atmosphere on earth. On the other hand, EA’s students were using this opportunity to interact directly with the scientists, asking them about the potential input and impact of their work for a possible future Mars Missions.

A video is available here : https://vimeo.com/269083014/0f75507028.