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Mission to Mars Social Media Campaign

Raytheon Company, maker of defense and aerospace systems, has launched a "Mission to Mars," a social media campaign designed to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Celebrating the Mars rover landing, the campaign encourages teachers to drive STEM curiosity in, and beyond, the classroom through interactive games, polls, and contests on the MathMovesU® Facebook page.

MathMovesU is a program sponsored by Raytheon to engage middle school students in math through stimulating and interactive programs. The "Mission to Mars" MathMovesU campaign includes a  game, a video contest for teachers to compete for a classroom grant of up to $5,000, and an interactive opinion poll that showcases facts, trivia, and excitement for the back-to-school season. 

The “Clear 4 Takeoff!" Facebook game gives students a chance to put themselves in the driver's seat of a rover launching on a mission to Mars. Students must clear the "space junk" – man-made debris in space – before launching their rovers for the Red Planet. The game teaches students about the threat of space debris and how it affects military, commercial, and civil space systems.

As part of the campaign, Raytheon is also offering teachers the opportunity to receive a Mars Hero grant – an extension of the company's Math Heroes Awards – of up to $5,000. Their challenge is to create a 60-second video lesson to demonstrate a scientific principle behind space exploration – using an apple as a prop. Submissions must be received by Friday, September 28, at noon ET. Ten semifinalists will be selected based on creativity and effectiveness of the lessons. The semifinalists' videos will be shared on the MathMovesU Facebook page, where fans will vote for their favorite. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 grants, respectively. Grant recipients will be announced on Monday, October 15.

Image Credit: Raytheon

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