Global Mars Pilot Project

April 29 2017

Global Mars Pilot Project: Destination Sri Lanka

"A place for curiosity and Inspiration."

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April 29 2017


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Preparation Stage

Spreading passion based learning in the developing world is a challenge that we are working hard to overcome. Currently we are working on the pilot project curriculum.

We are engaged in applying "spark" based learning to diffuse STEM. During the three day program we will introduce the students to cutting edge technology, take them on a field trip and encourage the scientific method. At the end of the program the students will present their passion based project to the classroom.

Pilot Project Team: Hiruni Senarath Dassanayake; Sophia Deady

Hiruni's bio: Hiruni Senarath Dassanayake is an early career planetary scientist and a recent graduate from SUNY Buffalo State. She researched and discovered a possible “crater lake” in Margaritifer Terra, Mars through the 2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Award at SUNY Buffalo State. Hiruni interned with National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC where she researched geomorphology of distal deposits related to the formation of Hale crater in Margaritifer Terra, Mars. Hiruni’s research follows the theme of water related geology and habitability in the solar system, focused on Mars. The other planets and moons she has studied so far include Earth and Europa. She is a Geological Society of America (GSA) On To the Future (OTF) scholar and the founder of Global Mars. When she is not occupied by scientific research she can be found working on education and outreach.

Sophia's bio: Sophia Deady is a current Fulbright Fellow in Sri Lanka (November 2016-August 2017) where she teaches six and seventh grade English in Matara. Before coming to Sri Lanka, she studied psychology, chemistry and poetry at Smith College in Massachusetts. She is passionate about teaching, women's health, and improving access to health knowledge and services for communities across the world. Her career goal is to work as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and health educator in underserved areas.

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Expedition Background


Pilot project: Destination Sri Lanka

“Global Mars” is an experience for underprivileged students and minorities in STEM from around the world to engage in a unique education that encourages them to explore the excitement of curiosity through exploration. The goal of Global Mars is to increase the child’s desire to learn, arouse inner curiosity and expand our knowledge of the universe while unlocking their own potential in the process.

There are two aspects to Global Mars: The Martian Outreach Project (MOP) and Online. This expedition is the pilot project of MOP called "Destination Sri Lanka".

In the summer of 2017 the pilot project will take the Global Mars team to Matara, Sri Lanka to diffuse knowledge to underprivileged students. MOP consists of a "spark" based curriculum and projects that can help the young learner gain new skills so they can carry them in a lifelong journey. This can benefit their community and eventually the world. We will be in touch with the learner to track his or her progress from time to time.

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Global Mars Team | #TeamPassionLearning


This sounds really exciting! Excited to see it come together!

Thank you!