A free primary STEM programme supported by the UK Space Agency

Students create their own book as they plan and execute a mission to the Red Planet. Super-flexible and easy-to-use, these free teaching resources are split into chapters with over 60 hours of activities, lesson plan templates, self-evaluations, curriculum links, multimedia content, and fun ways to track progress.

There are 'two ways to play'

The Mars Diary teaching resources have been designed with flexibility in mind. You can use them to plan a full term’s worth of lessons or quickly get inspiration for a single activity.

1. Work through the diary chapter-by-chapter


2. Pick-and-mix individual activities

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No matter how you choose to use the Mars Diary, everything is freely downloadable or printable so you can work on- or offline. Plan your lessons in advance, download what you need, then head to the classroom...

Everything you need to create an amazing educational experience

No matter how you use the programme, you’ll always have access to our Teacher Toolkit, which contains downloadable lesson plan templates, evaluation resources, curriculum links, multimedia content, and fun ways to track progress.

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Mars Diary in the classroom

Thousands of schools are already embarking on adventures with the Mars Diary. Check out our interviews with participating teachers and kids, or be inspired by the latest activity being shared on our social media channels.

Crafted by experts

The Mars Diary programme has been developed by Lucy Hawking and Curved House Kids, along with the human and robotics exploration team at the UK Space Agency. Activities also include contributions from a diverse and inspiring range of STEM experts including ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, mechanical engineer Abbie Hutty, volcanologist Tamsin Mather, Mars weather expert Stephen Lewis and physicist Dr Jess Wade. What’s more, the Mars Diary’s development has benefited from the advice and guidance of Pamela Burnard, Professor of Arts, Creativities and Education at the University of Cambridge and Professor Peter McOwan, robotics expert at Queen Mary University of London.
  • We're sending you further into space than any human has ever been. You're going to Mars. Excited? You should be!

    Tim Peake, ESA Astronaut
  • The Mars Diary effectively brings together a number of different curriculum areas to create an exciting cross curricular learning experience. It will encourage and inspire children to investigate the wonders of the universe.

    Paul Cameron, Primary Teacher
  • Each chapter has led to infinite possibilities in all curricular areas.

    Jennifer Love, Primary Teacher (Space Diary)