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.
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.
This is a great pre-college program for gifted teens interested in various fields like rocketry, physics, and space biology.
Cost and Session Information
July 15-August 2, 2020
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'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.'
'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.'
"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."
"This program was very interesting. I learned a lot about Mars and the possibility to go and live there."
"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."
" 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."
"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."
"The course and teacher (as well as the various guest speakers) made this experience overall quite enjoyable.”