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    Boston Leadership Institute: Mars Mission Summer Program

    Boston Leadership Institute: Mars Mission Summer Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Astronomy, Engineering, Aerospace, Physics
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (781) 431-2514
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    On this mission to Mars, students will design how we get there, how we land, how we survive once we are there, and if we are very lucky, how we get back to Earth....for those who wish to do so. This is a great pre-college program for teens interested in various fields like rocketry, physics, space biology, engineering, and 3D printing.

    Since the 1960’s, the world has launched more than 40 missions to Mars. Six probes are currently orbiting Mars, with two Rovers exploring the surface of this fascinating planet.

    So, why is Mars so interesting to some of the most intelligent minds on planet Earth? Planet Earth is exactly the reason: of all of the planets in our solar system, Mars has the highest number of similarities to Earth. Mars has: – An almost 24 hour day – A tilted axis that results in seasons – Evidence that there were lakes and oceans that once made this Red Planet habitable

    Could it be habitable again? Can we establish life on Mars? Find out science’s most recent answers to these questions, and many, many more.

    Year after year students who delay in applying find the program is sold out, so complete your application today. Join the mailing list at the very least so we don’t fall off your radar.

    This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

    Design and learn the science behind rockets that can reach Mars with a PhD Physicist from Harvard who has been on a simulated Mars Mission. Review data with him on the effects of radiation — which astronauts are exposed to on their journey through space — on human health and genetic mutations. Learn about the satellites, spacecraft, and other aerospace technologies scientists are using to chart interplanetary travel. Use ‘Mars-like’ soil to plant vegetables in a temperature controlled green house and assess how they would survive on the red planet. The first humans may walk on the red planet in the next five years—The future is here.  Be a part of the science of space exploration.  Put principles of physics, genetics, chemistry, biology, and engineering into action.

    Cost and Session Information

    June 26-July 14, 2023 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham 


    • "The course and teacher (as well as the various guest speakers) made this experience overall quite enjoyable."

      - Student Comment - August 2, 2019
    • " Dr. Coljee was a wonderful and knowledgeable teacher who provided a dynamic approach to the information needed to learn the basics of a Mars Mission."

      - Student Comment - August 2, 2019
    • "Vince was certainly the perfect teacher for this program. He was very knowledgeable and was very helpful when it came to explaining complex ideas and concepts. The program was amazing itself and it actually made me more enthusiastic about the idea of exploring Mars and deep space."

      - Student Comment - August 2, 2019
    • "Our programs discussed the challenges posed by a Mars Mission. We had speakers and made numerous presentations on different aspects of the mission. I liked the scientific rigor and the rich experience brought by Dr. Coljee. It was wonderful to have his insights into the profession of various fields of research, which many of us aspire to do in our future."

      - Student Comment - August 3, 2018
    • "This program was very interesting. I learned a lot about Mars and the possibility to go and live there."

      - Student Comment - August 3, 2018
    • "Lots of interesting information. Understood how many disciples are needed in a Mars MIssion. Helped my presentation and group work skills. He is very knowledgeable about the work needed to get to Mars."

      - Student Comment - August 3, 2018
    • 'I thought the program was extremely interesting and would recommend it to my friends and peers. What made the course so interesting is the fact that we studied many subjects on Mars from psychology to orbital mechanics, through which the teacher kept us thoroughly interested.'

      - Student Comment - August 4, 2017
    • 'The program was very informative and I loved spending time learning about radiation, food, and other key survival aspects of getting to Mars. The teacher was really experienced and just the amount of stuff he knew was astounding.'

      - Student Comment - August 4, 2017