Imagine Mars Home - Gallery Link to NEFA Link to NASA
Students Project Leaders Cooperating Organizations
Getting Started Project Examples Project Resources News
Collage of images of students and Imagine Mars Project leaders.
What is Imagine Mars?

The Imagine Mars Project is a hands-on, STEM-based project that asks students to work with NASA scientists and engineers to imagine and design a community on Mars, then express their ideas through the arts and humanities, integrating 21st Century skills.

The Imagine Mars Project enables students to explore their own community and decide which arts, scientific, and cultural elements will be important on Mars. Then, they develop their concepts relating to a future Mars community from an interdisciplinary perspective of arts, sciences, and technology. There are many types of projects to fit any group: Design Arts, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, and Language Arts.
Who Participates?

Schoolsindividual K-12 classrooms or school-wide teams
Out-of-School Groupsmixed-grade teams in extra-curricular organizations such as, after-school arts and science clubs
Community Organizationsmixed-grade teams in programs sponsored by museums, libraries, local businesses, and local civic organizations
What are the Outcomes?

Student Activities Outcomes

  • Knowledge: Students demonstrate application of relevant STEM standards in their Imagine Mars learning experiences.
  • Engagement: Students demonstrate an interest in Earth/Mars and/or in STEM-related careers necessary to a community through their Imagine Mars learning activities.
  • Attitude: Students have a greater sense of self-efficacy in STEM-related topics and their own career potential from exposure to them through Imagine Mars.
  • Skills: Students demonstrate relevant digital-age technology skills (as outlined by the National Educational Technology Standards) and use of relevant 21st Century Tools (as outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills) in their Imagine Mars learning experiences.

Educator Professional Development Outcomes

  • Knowledge: As provided through Imagine Mars educator training sessions and materials, educators perceive they have the knowledge of relevant STEM concepts/standards/career information needed to lead Imagine Mars learning experiences (see Table 4).
  • Attitude: As provided through Imagine Mars educator training sessions and materials, educators perceive themselves as effective in achieving STEM results and sharing STEM career opportunities with their students through an Imagine Mars learning experience.
  • Behavior: Educators go on to lead Imagine Mars learning experiences following Imagine Mars professional development/training.
  • Skills: Educators perceive that the Imagine Mars professional development/training provided skills for teaching relevant digital-age technology skills and using 21st Century Tools in leading Imagine Mars projects.