Real Life STEM

The Mars Diary aims to engage students in science by teaching them about real-life STEM projects that are exploring ways to get humans to Mars – in particular, the UK’s human and robotics exploration programmes.

The flexible education programme was written and developed by author Lucy Hawking and publisher Curved House Kids, along with the UK Space Agency and a wonderful team of STEM experts and teachers who helped to make everything as inspiring and as informative as possible.

Using the Mars Diary

The Mars Diary programme is a truly adaptable teaching resource. Educators can use the Mars Diary in a number of different ways – either working with the physical book or exploring and downloading the digital content on this website. Better yet, whichever way you access the Mars Diary, activities can be experienced in order, chapter-by-chapter, or used standalone for individual lessons.

Explore the resources →

Cross-Curricular Learning

To make STEM accessible to all students – regardless of their interests or abilities – each Mars Diary activity incorporates several subject areas. This helps provide an entry point for every child, fostering confidence in STEM while developing literacy, history, geography, design, art and PSHE skills. Similarly, all activities are multimodal to cater to the diverse learning styles and preferences within a classroom or learning environment.

The Mars Diary programme’s Teacher Toolkit includes individual Curriculum Guides for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to support teachers across the UK.

Download the Curriculum Overview →

What do I get when I register online?

Registered users receive:

  • Free online access to the full Mars Diary programme
  • 60+ hours of flexible, stand-alone curriculum linked STEM-literacy activities
  • Teaching notes, curriculum guides for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and ideas for differentiation for each Mars Diary activity
  • Extension activities and additional resources including push stimuli
  • Digital features and original videos
  • Support materials including A Guide to Engaging Girls in STEM
  • Interviews with diverse and inspiring STEM experts
  • Monthly newsletters for six months with bonus content, features to inspire and ideas to share

In partnership with the UK Space Agency

The Mars Diary and its teaching resources were made possible by the generous support of the UK Space Agency, who also provided 20,000 copies of the Mars Diary book to students in the UK’s most deprived areas – completely free of charge!