Discover the Red Planet


Dates: July 23 - August 3, 2018
Cost: $700.00

Adventures await us on the Red Planet.  It is so exciting.  During this 2 week module discover the processes that shape its surface.  You could be one of the astronauts or scientists heading off to Mars someday.  Will you be ready?  Let's take a look at what scientists are doing.  Using technology we will be studying volcanoes on Mars and Earth.  Exploring craters on Mars and the ice formed at the North and South Poles of Mars comparing them to permafrost on Earth. 
What is it going to be like to take astronauts to Mars?  How are we going to land on Mars?  We will be building bases for a Mars mission.  We will study and experiment on how we are going to land a spaceship on Mars.  In between 13 and 30 years there will be exploration on Mars.  Let's look at the risks, how would you get back to Earth.  You have the opportunity to be a Martian.  If you want to go someday you need to be prepared.  You need resources, how you are going to build a base there, and how you would travel to Mars.  I hope you join us for an adventure to the Red Planet.


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Meet your Instructors

Marci Ward, Teacher at Immaculate Conception School, pictured here with NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao

Hi, this is Marci Ward.  I teach at Immaculate Conception School, where I have been over 33 years.  I am very interested in Space Science and run a Space Science Club for 3rd-6th graders. I am a teacher liaison for the Space Foundation, an organization out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attended Space Camp twice. They train us to learn and share amazing space related activities with our schools, classrooms and communities.  Because of my affiliation with Space Foundation I have been able to bring up astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao to Fairbanks for the third time this year. Now I work with Dr. Leroy Chiao and his new organization called OneOrbit.  I am his liaison for Alaska.  I am excited to work with kids on the Red Planet Module!

Joshua Knicely, PhD student University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hello, my name is Joshua Knicely I am a doctoral student at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. I received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Texas A&M University. My past research includes modeling magnetic anomalies of volcanoes on Io and the analysis of lunar regolith for NASA. I am is currently researching Venusian volcanoes and what these constructs can tell us about the surface of Venus and how it evolved so differently from Earth. I volunteer for the Geophysical Institute’s portable planetarium and help bring science to students in schools in and around Fairbanks.

Kylie Hoppner

My name is Kylie Hoppner and I am finishing up my Junior year at Central Washington University. I am working towards obtaining a degree in Clinical Physiology and eventually I plan to become a physicians assistant. I am currently being trained as an EMT and I will be certified in the fall, I plan to work in hospitals across the country helping people and furthering my education in medicine. I enjoy hiking, snowboarding and volunteering! I am very excited to help kids learn more about the Red Planet and grasp more knowledge of my own!




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