- Following Curiosity and Perseverance on Mars often means roving to places with interesting materials to study, places away from the initial landing site. In this lesson, students experience the processes involved in engineering a communication protocol. To reach their goal, students must create a calibrated solution within constraints and parameters of communicating with a rover on Mars. Students will explore the opportunities and challenges of remote robotics by framing the problem around the idea that scientists and computer scientists must work together to successfully program rovers in remote locations like Mars. Students will also explore the idea that a robot simply follows a set of well defined algorithms. Students will be provided a set of possible courses that their robot must navigate. Students will code their robot to navigate around the obstacles within the course to arrive at a set location.
- Computer Science, STEM/STEAM, Technology Education, Earth and Space Systems, Scientific and Engineering Practices
- Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
- Material Type:
- Michael Speidel, Sharon Brandon
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- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
- Media Format:
- Downloadable docs
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