World Buiillding On Mars


Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, Abrams Planetarium, and Michigan State University Museum have been selected to receive a NASA TEAM II Remote Opportunities Rapid Response grant. The funded project will engage middle school students in urban planning and designing communities for living on Mars.

The project aims to create virtual programming with the NASA Grant funding the next phase of the project, leading to the development of an interactive, immersive 360 simulation of the Mars environment. It will feature augmented reality components, such as 360 virtual and 3D renderings, bringing to life the student designs for human settlements on the planet Mars. It will be realistic and detailed, using NASA’s images from its rovers on Mars and the students’ conceptualizations for structures to sustain life.


  • Lessons and Student Activities

World Building on Mars

Description and Lessons
World Building on Mars Lessons

Evaluation Reports

The evaluation reports for the project.

Focus Group Summary Report

Focus Group Summary Report

Student Survey Results

Student Survey Results