The deadline to submit proposals for the Mars Education Challenge is fast approaching. High school science teachers located throughout the country, who have developed or are interested in creating new and innovative curricula support materials that focus on Mars science and exploration, are encouraged to apply.

The Challenge will recognize six winning entries: five regional awards and one national award will be given. Regional winners will receive $2,500 grants, and the national winner will receive a $5,000 grant. Additionally, all of the winners will have an opportunity to do field research with well-known planetary scientists. The national winner will receive an expense-paid trip to NSTA’s 2011 National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco, where he or she will be recognized at a special awards ceremony. Winning lesson plans will be shared with classrooms nationwide.

Don’t delay, register today! Visit the Explore Mars website for complete Challenge details and e-mail to register. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST to be considered.