Missed out on registering your teams for #ROADSonMars Challenge? Nevada regional registration deadline has been extended to January 16, 2020! Please register online through the link.
Nova77 STEM Workshop will be hosting the Rover Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge on 5/2/2020. This Challenge is an anticipation of the launch of Mars 2020 in the summer of 2020 and is an immersive opportunity for students in grades 3-12 to simulate a Mars rover mission of their own.
The Challenge involves investigating geologic features and biological signatures, which gives students the opportunity to add their own observations and questions to the growing body of our knowledge about Mars. Any current ideas are subject to change as new data becomes available; these investigations help students see firsthand that our current scientific understanding develops over time as new data and insights are obtained. New information will inform our understanding of the geologic processes on Mars and Earth both and also will challenge our ideas about what is life.
Students will also be challenged to create a drone delivery system to orbit the Mars on a vinyl Mars mat and drop off a payload at the landing site. Students will use Lego EV3 to build their own rover to traverse the vinyl Martian surface and complete several mission objectives including collecting and delivering samples. This Challenge is a re-creation of what the Mars 2020 Mission will be.