DES@Mars 2024

DES@Mars 2024 is a Mars Analog Simulation educational program for school grades K4, K5-9, K9-12 where through an holistic experience students can test and improve their abilities in STEAM related activities, while as in social skills – leadership & team working – each to the common and their own benefit.

The Concept

Welcome to Mars!

It is year 2047, Mars planet has been inhabited from earthlings
and a new era for mankind has started. ‘New Martians’
mission is to establish a viable community and set the
pillars for a new civilization.

Program Details

Every student – depending on selected role and responsibilities (commander, scientist, engineer or doctor) – receives a folder that contains action cards real astronaut training such as solving complex mathematical, technological challenges as well as cognitive tasks. For example, the commander card contains planning and management tasks, a scientist receives tasks related with space biology experiments, engineers are responsible for the seamless operation of the mission, operation of habitat, etc.

Scope & Syllabus Categories

Multiple detailed tasks are designed in alignment with the development of manual skills are utilized for students to have a continuously exciting, engaging multiple senses experience to deliver a real-like Martian living. So as focus has been give to the following:

  • Decision making;
  • Socializing;
  • Being precise and patient;
  • Develop mind-oriented skills;

The Environment

The selected area is converted to consist of 2 basic nodes:

  • Mission Control Center (MCC)
  • Mars Station  (Habitat, Lab, CapCom, Greenhouse)

Audience & Student Grades

K4: Certified Martian

Mars explorers focus on action by collecting evidences from specific spots as described in their trail cards. Communication will be through walkie-talkies.

K5-9: New Martian

Mars explorers focus on organizing the crew, communicating with mission control and collect evidences from the Mars drone flight spots that are provided. Communication will be through iPad/MS Teams and walkie-talkies.

K9-12: Martian Pro

Mars explorers focus on assuring health & safety, planning the daily program and follow-up with mission control to collect evidences that the Mars drone spotted for signs of life. Communication will be through iPad/MS Teams and walkie-talkies.

Mission: Looking for life

Team: 4-6 persons (1 commander, 2 scientists, 1 doctor, 2 engineers)

Day starts as usual on Mars…

In the morning the commander gathers the team and brief them according to their daily plan as delivered by Mission Control Center (MCC) on Earth. The plan is to inspect an area for example Hellas Planitia based on the specific landmarks that Mission Control has spotted from the Mars Odyssey satellite that may hold evidence of life.

The crew inspects the area, collects the evidences and bring the samples to the habitat; they are inspected in the lab through hand lenses and the microscope; tests are applied (see and the results are presented to all the crew and are communicated from the commanders to Mission Control Center (MCC).

Mission Assessment

The mission success is based on the realisation of all required tasks, timing, motivation of the crew, quality of performed tasks and independence. At the end of the mission, students present their results on the summary meeting. Everyone elaborates the lessons learned. The Assessment takes place by utilizing the following rating model.

NASA 6-Es Rating Model

Each day or section of activities utilizes the 5-E Instructional Model (a constructivist learning cycle, helping students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas). It has a growing research base and can be used within integration, Problem-based Learning (PBL), Project-based Learning (PjBL), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Included in this program guide is a sixth ʻEʼ for Excite. This additional ʻEʼ shows you how to incorporate NASAʼs unique information and resources to excite trainees with career connections, real world examples, spinoffs from NASA research and more.

  • Engage: During this stage students are getting interested and personally involved in the lesson, while pre-assessing prior understanding.
  • Explore: The purpose for this stage is to get students involved in the topic, providing them with a chance to build their own understanding.
  • Explain: At this stage students have the opportunity to communicate what they have learned so far and figure out what it means.
  • Elaborate: The purpose for this stage is to allow students to use their new knowledge and continue to explore its implications.
  • Evaluate: Here both students and teachers to determine how much learning and understanding has taken place.


«Εις Άρεα»: «θάρρος χάρισέ μου μακάριε, να κρατιέμαι στους σωτήριους θεσμούς της ειρήνης, αποφεύγοντας τις μάχες με τους εχθρούς μου και τους βίαιους θανάτους».


Αφήλιο: 249.209.300 χλμ, (1,665861 AU), Περιήλιο: 206.669.000 χλμ. (1,381497 AU), Ημιάξονας τροχιάς: 227.939.100 χλμ. (1,523679 AU), Εκκεντρότητα: 0,093315, Περίοδος περιφοράς: 686,971 ημέρες, (1,8808 έτη), Συνοδική περ. Περιφοράς: 779,96 ημέρες (2,135 έτη), Μέση τροχιακή ταχύτητα: 24,077 χλμ./δευτ. 86.677,2 χλμ./ώρα, Μέση ανωμαλία: 19,3564°, Κλίση τροχιάς: 1,85061°(ως προς την Εκλειπτική) 5,65°(ως προς τον Ηλιακό ισημερινό), Δορυφόροι: 2 φυσικοί (Φόβος, Δείμος)

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