From Project Mercury to Planet Mars

October 1st, 2016 - September 30th, 2018 | PROJECT

In the From Project Mercury to Planet Mars project, the Museum of Science is partnering with national leaders to create two resources, each geared to a different style of learner, that strengthen engineering education and immersive experiences in the nation’s informal education environment. The Museum of Science is collaborating with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Albert Einstein Planetarium in Washington D.C., the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Adventure Science Center and Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. Through the development of a Planetarium show engaging audiences in the excitement of a human journey to Mars, and a large-scale engineering design challenge activity that allows participants to create design solutions to a Mars exploration challenge, the goal of From Project Mercury to Planet Mars is to increase student and public awareness of human space exploration and inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. Planetarium show viewers are expected to demonstrate an increased appreciation and interest in future activities in engineering and science, and learn about the technical challenges of space exploration. Design challenge participants are expected to actively engage in the engineering design process and in engineering habits of mind.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

From Project Mercury to Planet Mars Summative Evaluation

Team Members

Annette Sawyer, Principal Investigator, Museum of Science, Boston


Funding Source: NASA
Funding Program: CP4SMP+
Award Number: NNX16AM21G
Funding Amount: $912,536


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Engineering | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere | Public Programs