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Marsville, the Cosmic Village was originally developed by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an organization founded by the family members of the Challenger 51-L crew to continue the crew's educational mission to teach, to explore and to inspire. It is a non-profit educational organization committed to strengthening the scientific and technical understanding of middle-school students. The Marsville program is one of a series of educational activities originally sponsored by Challenger Center.
The purpose of the Canadian National Marsville Program is to create a positive vision for young Canadians of the technological society they will inherit in the 21st century. The program shows students how they can play a role in establishing the kind of society they want for the future. Marsville has been designed for students in Grades 5 to 12. While the primary educational thrust of Marsville is math, science and technology, the project uses a cross-curricular, holistic approach integrating various disciplines.
The Canadian National Marsville Program has been created in conjunction with the Challenger Center to reflect the interests of the Canadian community. The CNM program is now a copyrighted program of the National Research Council Canada.