The Christensen Research Group is engaged in several education programs that aim to introduce students to space research, particularly in connection with Mars. The group is also involved in developing a space exploration workforce among undergraduate science and engineering students.
The NASA L’SPACE Virtual Academy gives participants the opportunity to learn NASA mission procedures and protocols from mission professionals. Students learn, practice, and hone collaboration and communication skills as they work on team projects with science and engineering students from across the country on geographically distributed teams (just like NASA missions do!).
Students who successfully complete their assignments and demonstrate proficiency in specific skills/tasks will earn a certificate with endorsements to show applied workforce competency on internship, scholarship, or job applications
ASU MARS EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Mars Education Program at Arizona State University aims to be a beacon of effective STEM education and educator professional development. The ASU Mars Education Program seeks to engage educators, students and the public in advanced professional development training opportunities. The hands-on, minds-on education activities are designed to positively impact the nations STEM education pipeline and build essential 21st century skills that effectively aligns to National Science Education Standards and other curriculum standards to effectively increase the nations interest in STEM careers.
We invite you to join us in our quest as we research our solar system and inspire the next generation of explorers through hands-on NASA science engagement activities.
MARS STUDENT IMAGING PROGRAM (MISP)
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is a nationally recognized award winning authentic inquiry-based learning and student-centered education project. Students learn how science works by engaging in science research using data from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Students understand how science really works by actually being a scientist.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is an immersive and transformational way for students in grades 5 through early college to engage in scientific process and practices through authentic research experiences. MSIP enhances the teaching of traditional courses, such as physical science, Earth science, chemistry, and biology. MSIP also incorporates 21st century skills to help students be ready for the STEM workforce.