THE MARS LAB is a both a Mars Yard (a re-creation of the Martian surface) and a robotics lab established within Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Mars Lab education programs engage young people at high school in the search for life on Mars and the technologies which enable that search. [download flyer]


60 Minutes On Mars is a five lesson teacher-led unit of curriculum-linked science activities that provide an introduction to the search for evidence of life on Mars culminating with a teleoperation rover driving experience. Students investigate the main geological and astrobiological features of interest on the Martian surface and use this knowledge to carefully plan their rover mission.

Students control the rover from their classroomTeachers can follow the lessons step by step or choose to extend and vary the focus for their students as they develop a scientific goal for their Mars photographic mission.

Suitable for Years 7-10

View the 60MOM lesson materials


All Mars Lab education programs must be booked and schools must be registered to access some of the Mars Lab resources.

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What happens in Mars Lab education programs?

A short video made by PLC Melbourne Junior School of their student experience with the Mars Lab education program: Mars Mission 5.


Mars Mission 5 is a 2 part virtual excursion led by our Mars Lab team over video conferencing. MM5 introduces students to the robotic exploration of Mars and focusses on collaboration, planning, observation and scientific investigation. This education program involves students in a variety of experiences over VC and in their classrooms including discussions, mission planning, virtual rover driving and teleoperating our Mawson Rover in the Mars Yard. Suitable for Years 7-10 Find out more
Intro-To-Mars-Yard Introduction to the Mars Yard What is the Mars Yard? How was it built and how it is used by astrobiologists, engineers and high school students?


Interview with astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is one of the most famous astronauts on the planet and he came to visit us at the Mars Lab!

Photo on Mars

Come and get your photo taken on Mars!

As part of the Ultimo Science Festival family science weekend the Mars Lab is giving you the opportunity to get your photo taken by our robotic rover Mawson. Photos now available. Please tweet you photos too @themarslab and @MawsonRover so Mawson can retweet your awesome photos!

See photos here