Fun Facts and Activities

Fun Information about Space & Mars

Space Science isn’t all Mathematical formula and explosive experiments. It is about learning new things and doing things that have never been done before. This section is all the interesting things that have been done in Space, from Space and even on the surface of Mars.

Happy Birthday Curiosity

Did you know that the first music ever played on Mars was Happy Birthday, performed by the Curiosity Rover?


On August 6, 2016 The Curiosity Rover turned 4 years old being on Mars.

With no one else around, it has to sing Happy Birthday to itself.

Using an LEGO Ev3 Robot, here is an example of code that you can write on the PC, Mac or Ipad to make your own Curiosity Rover Happy Birthday Song.

Happy Birthday Code

Play the Song

Objective – See if you can Play Along
Start the Game – Click anywhere on the left to start. Press the Green Flag to restart the Game
How to Control – Use the corresponding keys on the piano to play along using your keyboard

Have a go at editing the Happy Birthday Song –

Driving a Mars Rover from the International Space Station.


In 2016 British Astronaut Tim Peake became the first person to remote control a Mars Rover from the International Space Station.

You can use all we know about Space to make fun films and Games, here is one made by staff at G2G Communities CIC see if you can remix your own.

Play the Game

Objective – See how you can put together what you have learnt and make a game.
Start the Game – Click anywhere on the left to start. Press the Green Flag to restart the Game
How to Control – Use arrow keys to control Astronaut or Rocket

Further Materials, Resources & Information

Below you will find more resources and external websites related to this lesson.

  • – This map of Mars, published by Percival Lowell in 1895, was the result of many years spent carefully studying the Red Planet through his telescope. Now you can do the same through your web browser. In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, we’ve created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.

Full STEAM Ahead – Space Exploration Education Grant

UK Space AgencyThis lesson has been produced as part of the Full STEAM Ahead Project with the UK Space Agency. We are one of eight organisations across the UK to be awarded to deliver and produce exciting new education outreach activities and projects. The UK Space Agency are delighted to be able to support these projects, which represent a diverse selection of cross-curricular activities that meet it’s education objectives in encouraging children to take up STEAM subjects, raise awareness of careers in space-related areas, and raise awareness of the UK’s exploration programme.

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