Cooking Up a Cap: Martian North Pole Layered Bean Dip

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Artist conception of a Mars Exploration Rover

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Model the layers of the Martian arctic terrain with this fun -- and edible -- activity for students in grades 5-8. Using meat, bean dip, sour cream, cheese, and salsa, students create a layered dip that represents the components of the terrain found at the Martian North Pole. Students use tortilla chips to model the scooping action of the Mars Phoenix Lander's robotic arm. The activity includes a fact sheet on the Mars Phoenix Lander and Reflection Questions.

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