Mars has captivated the human imagination since the very earliest civilisations. It is the most explored planet in the solar system and that is unlikely to change. Getting to Mars is relatively easy, surviving on Mars will be the real challenge.
Learn the basic science needed to survive on Mars
This free online course will introduce the key scientific concepts needed for humans to survive on Mars, where there is no air to breathe, no water to drink and no food to eat. The course will also examine interdisciplinary skills and meticulous planning required to sustain human life in such a hostile environment. Case studies and insights from leading experts in the field of Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics and Geology will demonstrate the basic science and problem solving skills you can use in everyday life.
Explore essential science and problem solving skills
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
apply basic science to explore possible ways of producing water, oxygen, food and energy on Mars
describe possible solutions and outcomes to problem-based scenarios.
Learn from leaders in the field of science
The course is based on the approaches that lead educators, Tina Overton and Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, deliver to their science undergraduate students at the Monash University Faculty of Science – a vibrant, dynamic and world-renowned community in Australia at the forefront of innovation and discovery.
This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more about the basic science required to survive on Mars. You’ll be able to use any scientific knowledge you bring to the course, but this is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without prior knowledge of the subject.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Anonymous (above) reckons this course is only suitable for primary school children. Personally, I found it relaxing to have a course that contains real science but doesn't baffle me with maths. This course was very thought-provoking and included stuff that they definitely didn't teach me at primary school.
If anonymous, or anybody else, fancies something more demanding I recommend the Brian Schmidt/Paul Francis MOOCs over on EdX. Very interesting, but with maths.