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Mars Robotics Laboratory Mission Descriptions

 

 

Robotics Exploration Mission

Appropriate for: 
Grades 3 - adult
Course Description: 
Students engaging in this mission will work in teams to complete mission objectives programming and operating LEGO NXT robots on the world's largest education-purposed simulated Martian terrain. These missions will improve students' teamwork, communication and problem solving skills as well as enhance math, technology and engineering proficiency.

     

 

Follow the Water! Geology Mission

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
6th Grade, Earth Science
Appropriate for: 
Grades 5-12
Course Description: 
The objective of this mission is to "Follow the Water!" Exploring the surface of Mars with LEGO NXT robots, teams of students will collect rock and mineral samples on the surface of Mars. Using various lab techniques, students will identify igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic samples. Once identified, students will conclude that sedimentary rocks signal that water once flowed on the surface of Mars and that it may be there still.  

     

 

Life on Mars? Life Science Mission

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
7th Grade, Life Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 5-12
Course Description:
Humans can do more exploration in just a couple of days than what robots can explore in a year. For that reason in this exhilarating mission we put humans on Mars! Building upon the geology mission, students continue to explore the surface of Mars with LEGO NXT robots. However, this time we put select students in space suits to explore the surface in tandem with the robots. Medical officers test and monitor the vital signs of the astronauts on the surface as man and machine search for life on the red planet.

     

 

Red Rover, Red Rover...Physical Science Mission -- COMING SOON!

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
8th Grade, Physical Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 5-12
Course Description:
In this mission to Mars, students will encounter various problem solving scenarios with which they must utilize their knowledge of Newton’s Laws of Motion to accomplish their mission objectives. The study of the transfer of energy will be explored so students understand how the robots use physical laws to explore Mars. Exploration of the surface of Mars may also reveal possible signs of life on the red planet. Students will need to determine if what they are observing is a physical or chemical change to determine if they have found life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested?

For further information, contact the Space Foundation via email at [email protected] or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.

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