"Colonization of Mars - Challenges and Solution" - a game based activity

Astronomy in schools: how do you get your administration and your ministry to listen?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
, Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Educating people on Astronomy and Space science can act as a "gateway" that opens a world of possibilities by nurturing inquisitiveness and the pursuit of knowledge using the scientific method. Moreover, as astronomical research is technology driven, astronomy and space education provide excellent opportunities to enhance different aspects of STEM education.
NOESIS being inspired by the human’s plan to colonize Mars developed the game based activity "Collonization of Mars-challenges and solutions" for secondary students. Using tablets and an android app the students are dealing with challenges and situations faced by scientists, experts and astronauts in the colonization project of Mars.


Eleana Ballla is a physicist with a Master’s degree in Science Education. Joinig the educational department at NOESIS her main responsibility lie in the development of educational programs. Focusing both on providing inspiration and motivation to engage young people in science and offering them substantive education in STEM fields, she designs activities both for school groups and adults, drawing on the latest trends of science didactics embedded in non-formal education. Additionally, trying to help bridge the gap between formal and nonformal science education, she works with teachers realizing workshops, disseminating good practices in science teaching and addressing the methods and the tools employed in the nonformal sector.

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