Problem Red Planet

Students will collaborate with Martian Astronauts in Australia’s first long-term research base on Mars. They will work collaboratively to develop numeracy skills in computational- and critical-thinking to support a successful mission. Students will have their resilience challenged when dealing with changing circumstance…

  • Students will take on the role of a Mission Controller, and a Tech Support officer to support their astronauts and prove, mathematically, that an evolving mission will be successful.
  • Grounded in research, this scenario-based program aims to challenge students developing skills in numeracy. This program has been designed around The Martian.
  • Students will describe and justify descriptions of problems related to food security, power requirements, and the required oxygen and fuel to support their astronauts.


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1 class, full day  9:15am – 3:15pm


24 students maximum, 12 minimum


2 teachers/staff must attend with the students for this program – see terms and conditions 

Price on application.

Please ask whether your school is eligible for a subsidy.

*Interstate ,International and Homeschooled students P.O.A. (Price on Application)

Years 7 & 8

The program is supported by a pre-mission training package including classroom activities and a debriefing program after the session.

STROBE WARNING: During this excursion, students will be exposed to theatrical strobe lighting effects. Please indicate if any of your students are susceptible, so that we can make appropriate arrangements.


Preparing for your visit, essential information.

Teacher Instructions.