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Introducing the Mars Collection of Educational Resources: 1. Extremophiles

17 Mar 2021, 13:10 UTC
Introducing the Mars Collection of Educational Resources: 1. Extremophiles

Europlanet Educational Resources – The Mars Collection

Europlanet 2024 RI has produced a set of school resources exploring the possibilities of life on the Red Planet. The resources have been produced to be easily translatable in order to facilitate ease of dissemination across Europe and beyond.  The resources link areas of the curriculum with research into past and present conditions on Mars and how we can study these conditions via analogue sites here on Earth.  The project covers a range of topics, from geoscience and volcanoes, to pH and even mineral deposition viewed through an astrobiological lens.

1. Extremophiles

The first set of resources in the Mars Collection gives an introduction to life found in extreme environments, exploring the kind of stresses we may find on Mars and how life can adapt to survive these. 

Overview

Age Range: 10-14Lesson Time: 45 Minutes (including 2 videos)Equipment Needed:

ComputerProjector

Topics Covered:

Biology (Life in extremes)Astronomy (Mars surface conditions)

Learning Outcomes

After completing this activity, pupils will:

Understand that cells can change to adapt to extreme environments.Be able to explain the function of a cell membrane.Assess how stresses on Mars might affect its habitability.

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