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Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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Dr. Wendy Kirk 



The experiments within each module of Mars in the Classroom can be used either as stand-alone projects or in combination with any or all of the other modules provided. In this way, the educator has complete control over the duration and level of the program undertaken.

Average Lesson Duration: 1 hour

There are many other activities that can be carried out to assist in this project, all of which are currently under development:

Future Developments

A Face on Mars
Using the face on Mars as an example, this experiment shows how the appearance of an object can be changed simply by altering lighting conditions. For advanced students, it may be possible to design and build their own `Face on Mars'.
B Build Your Own Martian Shield Volcano!
(Albin, E.F. LPSC XXIX Education Abstract, 1998)
By building a wax shield volcano, students can learn about how these structures form over time. Successive `lava flows' will illustrate how a volcano circularises at the base, and will produce a caldera and `lava' lake in time. It will become clear that to make a volcano such as those seen on Mars, dozens of `eruptions' are necessary.
C Sci-Kits - Build Your Own Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
These DIY models are available commercially from Sci-Kits. By building the models, students can learn about the structure of the spacecraft and its configuration at different stages of the mission.

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