What is MARS ROVER?
Elementary (grades 3-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) students interested in sciences and engineering will design and construct a model rover to carry out a specific science mission on Mars. The model is a mock-up constructed at a minimal cost ($10-$25), comprised of found objects and simple art supplies.
How does the Mars Rover Celebration work?
Primary (grades 3-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) students interested in science and engineering form teams to design and construct a model rover to carry out a science mission on the surface of Mars. The model is a mock-up constructed at a minimal cost ($10-$25), comprised of found objects and simple art supplies. Students can enter into one of three categories per grade: (1) free-form, unpowered models; (2) solar-powered, using a low-cost ($10) car kit as a chassis; and (3) radio-control models (approximately $25 for the kit).
The students build their models as part of a six-week classroom or homework project on Mars during the fall of 2016. Students receive design criteria for a rover and conduct basic research on Mars to determine operational objectives and the structural features of their rover. This module may be used as part of a class studying general science, earth science, solar system astronomy, robotics, or as a multi-disciplinary unit for a gifted and talented program.
Student teams will present their work at the 2017 Mars Rover Celebration at the University of Houston on January 28, where they will meet aerospace professionals, learn more about space exploration, and participate in fun STEM activities and exhibits. All students receive certiﬁcates of recognition for their participation and selected projects receive awards.
Why should I participate?
This project builds on classroom learning, engaging students’ enthusiasm and inventiveness in conjunction with NASA-approved lesson plans. This memorable experience may inspire a future space explorer! Given the national priority to increase student participation in STEM subjects, your participation is more crucial than ever. We urge you to support this campaign and raise your school’s proﬁle as an innovator in science.