Discover the Red Planet


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

During this two-week module the students will explore one of Earth’s neighbors, Mars, and the processes that shape its surface.   Students will use computers to research and compare features on Earth and Mars, including the processes of volcanism, cratering, and permafrost formation. Earth and Mars experience similar forces that shape their surfaces; studying how features form and change on Earth informs us about the evolution of Mars.  The module will also include expert guest lectures and field trips to provide students with a broader understanding of the Red Planet. Field trips will include the permafrost tunnel, Poker Flat Research range, the Planetarium, and Chena Lakes. Scientists are trying to figure out how we can send astronauts to Mars.  We are going to work on ways to build a place on Mars that would be able to sustain the astronauts for at least a year. 

Come and join our adventure this summer!

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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 32 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. I am excited to work with kids on the Red Planet Module!

Joshua Knicely, PhD student University of Alaska Fairbanks

Joshua Knicely is a first year doctoral student at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Texas A&M University. His past research includes modelling magnetic anomalies of volcanoes on Io and the analysis of lunar regolith for NASA. He is currently researching Venusian shield volcanoes and what these constructs can tell us about the surface and evolution of Venus. He volunteers for the Geophysical Institute’s portable planetarium and helps bring science to students in schools in and around Fairbanks. 

Kylie Hoppner

My name is Kylie Hoppner and I am a sophomore at Central Washington University. I am working towards obtaining a degree in Clinical Physiology and eventually I plan to become a physicians assistant and help people specifically with sport’s injuries . I enjoy hiking, working out, and studying the sciences of the human body. I am very excited to help kids learn more about the Red Planet and grasp more knowledge of my own!




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