Exploring Mars

Have you ever wanted to visit the planet Mars?  

Join us on a tour of the red planet. We will explore the depths of impact craters, the dizzying heights of the world’s largest volcano and embark on a hunt for water.

This science show was written with planetary scientists from The Open University. They shared with us their secrets about how they learn so much about Mars, and we are going to share those secrets with you!

Combining live demonstrations with real photographs and images of the surface of Mars, this show teaches your Key Stage 2 students to use their observation skills, just like a real planetary scientist.

What will you discover about Mars?

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2-3

  • Working scientifically
    • Using tests to make predictions
    • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments
  • States of matter
    • Evaporation and condensation in the water cycle
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces
    • Unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity activing between the Earth and the falling object.
    • Identify the effect of air resistance
  • Evolution and Inheritance
    • Recognise that living things have changed over time
  • Geography
    • Plate Tectonics (volcanoes, earthquakes and mountains)
    • Recognise features on maps and satellite images (e.g. Rivers)
  • Maths
    • Solve problems using simple mathematics (division)
    • 3D shapes and parts of circles


50 to 60 minutes to fit into your school timetable

Suggested audiences

  • 7-11 year olds
  • Families or mixed age audiences

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector Screen
  • Two long tables
  • Room that can be darkened is preferable


Teaching Resources

We have collated a few of the best resources online for you to use in your classroom: all about Mars, it’s impact crators, Martian rocks and how to do some calculations that real Planetary Scientists would use!

Melas Dorsa impact crater on Mars – CC – European Space Agency


What people say about us

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    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol