enrique perez
Digital Imaging & Design Instructor

"My Battery is Low and it's getting Dark..."

Project Published 8/27/19 Last updated on 2/28/20

With the news that broke out about the Rover from NASA and its mission to Mars, we engaged the students into making a video presentation with slides describing the event. "What first started as a 90 day mission to Mars, this Rover outlasted all expectations: 15 Years!"

Students make use of Adobe Spark Video to make a slideshow. They will upload images found from the web about the Mars Rover and it's extraordinary journey that lasted 15 years. Students can also adjust the colors of the images in Photoshop if wanted to.

Adobe Spark templates work well for this Project; tell students to choose one template to work with and save their finished work as a Quicktime movie.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

Age Levels
1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer

Begin introducing the main project story tot he students. As an ice breaker, begin with this:


"Years ago, NASA sent a robotic ground worker to Planet Mars. The Rover named "Opportunity" was on a mission at first believed to be 90 days. It lasted 15 Years." Last known message to us on Earth: "My Battery is Low and it's getting Dark..."

"What did the Rover do in Mars? What was the purpose of it? What did NASA engineers say when they realized their Rover lost communication?"


- Adobe Spark website. Direct students to the site. This is where they will begin their new project.

- Direct students to for image searching. Have them find anything related to "Opportunity Rover" or "NASA Mars exploration"


- Images captured or downloaded can be digitally enhanced or edited using Adobe Photoshop.

- Script or narration. Have students write small sentences pertaining to each picture frame. Nothing too complicated.

explain to them how each frame is only 6-7 seconds long.

- Students can add an instrumental song to the slideshow.

- You can set a timeline or how many seconds you'll want this video to be in length. Remember, our Generation Z attention span is short, and in general in order to make an effective presentation a video such as this one cannot be longer than 2 minutes.

- Students can add special effects from within Spark; it's really easy to add them.

- When the student is finished with heir final video, have them download it for all to see! Sharing is the key for this projects success!!

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/18/19 9:36:21 PM Permalink

​That is interesting resource Thanks for sharing

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 9/8/19 5:14:45 AM Permalink


enrique perez

Posted on 8/27/19 2:58:02 PM Permalink

Commemorate along with your students the success of the Rover "Opportunity." On what initially started as a 90 day mission, this little guy outlasted all expectations; 15 years!​

I contrasted this story to my own personal life, as I have a 15 year old son at home-something that I'm sure NASA engineers felt the same way about their "kid" on a mission to Mars.