Who will be the first person to set foot on Mars? According to the experts at Lockheed Martin, that person is likely sitting in a middle school classroom somewhere in our world right now, dreaming of a feat that was unimaginable until just recently.
Students and their families can imagine themselves embarking on such a journey thanks to Lockheed Martin’s Mars Experience Bus, a mobile adventure that allows participants to find out what it might be like to travel to Mars. The bus will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, March 31, at Orlando Science Center, and the experience is free for OSC guests and the general public.
What can you do aboard the Mars Experience Bus?
After a guide briefs you on your mission, you will engage in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math–through a number of interplanetary activities, including:
Designing a mission patch
Posing for a photo on Mars
Viewing a scale model of the Orion Mars spacecraft
Through virtual reality, you’ll get the real feel of exploring 200 square miles of Martian terrain. High-definition screens and surround sound will mimic the landscape of the Red Planet, and you might even find yourself lost in a sandstorm.
Lockheed Martin also provides extension activities so that STEM-based learning can continue after you’ve returned to Earth. Learn more at lockheedmartin.com/generationbeyond.
The Mars Experience Bus will be making limited stops around Central Florida this spring, but don’t miss your chance to blast off at Orlando Science Center this Friday.
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