Planet P.I.

The person that leads a scientific experiment for a space mission is called a P.I. (Principal Investigator). Just like P.I.s in mystery novels, P.I.s for space missions are essentially detectives, deciding how best to investigate a problem, looking for clues and analysing the evidence. Planet P.I. challenges you to investigate the climates of Earth and Mars and try to understand why there are differences and similarities.

Schools can participate by accessing historical climate data for their local region, or by building their own Raspberry-Pi based measuring device.

Students can use data to calculate derived quantities, share their data with other classes and students and learn science with real-world experience.

For Primary Schools

The Case of the Contrasting Planets

For Secondary Schools

Build instructions for Planet P.I. Climate sensors
Adafruit BMP280 Barometric Pressure + Temperature Sensor Breakout (from AdaFruit Learning System)
Adding a Real Time Clock to Raspberry Pi (from AdaFruit Learning System)
Adafruit 4-Channel ADC Breakouts (from AdaFruit Learning System)
Arduino and GUVA-S12SD UV Sensor (from Arduino Learning)


Data files

REMS data from Gale Crater, Mars

Ziedondarz Park, Riga, Latvia: February 2016 
log18  log19


Tirez Lake, Spain: September 2017 

log21 log22 log23

Dallol Volcano, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia: January 2018 
log33 log34 log35

Berrocal, Rio Tinto, Spain: June 2017 

CAB-INTA, Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, February 2019