Rave reviews, five stars, at Amazon.com!

Mars 2020: A Space Exploration Game won numerous awards:

Hearthsong Award of Excellence

Parent's Choice

"Best Board Game" selection by Parents Magazine

Dr. Toy "100 Best Children's Products and 10 Best Games"

Chicago Tribune "Holiday Gift Pick"

From Jack Lousma, U.S. Astronaut:

To Fellow Space Pioneers,

The urge to explore lies deep within us all; whether that means crossing the next mountain, the next ocean or the next galaxy. Today, our next frontier is Mars. Reaching frontiers, though takes more than desire. It takes knowledge, commitment, courage and planning. Valuable traits no matter what your life's quest.

Mars 2020 captures the spirit and the challenge of space travel. As I reviewed the game, memories of my time in space returned to me in many ways. And who knows? Among the young minds ignited by this game, perhaps one will plant the first footstep on Mars.

Until then, enjoy the game. And keep on exploring!

Jack Lousma
U.S. Astronaut

My Who's at Home in the Animal Habitats?science game is designed for families to play together.

Just a Joke

Q. Why didn't the photons check any luggage?
A. They were traveling light.

Earthling: I dreamed I was massless!
Astronaut: 0mg!

Q. What's an astronaut's favorite sandwich?
A. Launch meat.

Q. Why didn't the astronaut go to Mars?
A. He didn't planet that way.

Q. Why are haircuts better in space?
A. They're a cut above.

Q. Why do neutrons always get freebies?
A. Because they're never charged.

Q. How do atoms choose their leaders?
A. They hold an electron.

Mars 2020
A Space Exploration Board Game

Mars 2020 is a family board game that kids (ages 8 and up) and parents can enjoy together by playing on different ability levels.

Players choose a role: doctor, pilot, scientist, or engineer.

They start their journey in the center, on Earth, and zoom toward planet Mars on the outer edge of the board.

Each time players encounter a malfunction along the way, they correct the problem by answering questions, by getting orders from Mission Control, or by being an expert in a certain field (their chosen role).

The winner is the first player to land on Mars, a moving target that orbits the board throughout the game.

NEWS: Hey, they named a real NASA rover after my game (jk). Mars 2020 is the 2.0 version of the Curiosity rover.

A Few of My Other Board Games

I have invented or developed dozens of board and card games, some of which are available at sites like Board Game Geek or in book form (copy and laminate).

A few popular boxed-set titles include:

Top Dog! Live the Life of Rover in 6 Fun Games (a bestseller in Finland!)
Nova True Science (900 questions!) and True Math (450 puzzlers!)
In the Land of Egypt (a storytelling card game)
A Time for Native Americans (biographical time line game)
Who's at Home in the Animal Habitats?
Guess It: 9 Science Photo Games
Feeding Frenzy: A Population Balance Game

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Stories & Games

Born-Digital Products
Science and nature games, activities, animations, and more for ages 6-9.
A digital story told in narrated episodes, interactive journals, and social media.
Mayan Mysteries (Dig-It Games) is a narrative video game about archaeological adventures, with puzzles to solve and mini-games to play.
Children's Books
Read the sad, moving tale of a peace-loving leader who lost his land, many of his people, and his life-long fight to keep the peace.
The true science adventures of Diane France, forensic anthropologist. NSTA Selector's Choice, AAAS/SB&F Subaru finalist, starred reviews!
Adriana Ocampo found her path to science adventure through space-traveling robots and crashing asteroids! (FREEBIE science quizzes.)
The Body as Evidence (Autopsies) and Crime Scene Investigation!
Outdoor fun for 6 to 8 year olds.
Tornadoes! and Hurricanes! are my two best-selling books with 1.6 million sold!
A must-have card game set for English language (ESL/EFL) and language arts teachers and tutors. (FREEBIE ESL materials.)
My top selling game book!
Lively games and activities about grammar, vocabulary, and dictionary skills.
Great American History Games, 15 Primary Source Activities (plays, games, readings, and more) and more!
Race from Earth to Mars, an orbiting target, by fixing malfunctions and answering intriguing science questions. Endorsed by astronaut Jack Lousma.