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Title: Mars Rover Models -- A Program to Enrich Teaching Space Science, Planetary Exploration and Robotics In Elementary And Middle School


1
Mars Rover Models -- A Program to Enrich Teaching
Space Science, Planetary Exploration and Robotics
In Elementary And Middle School
  • by
  • Edgar A. Bering, III, John Ramsey, Brenda S.
    Boyko, Holly Smith, Sandy Peck and William H.
    Arceneaux

2
Outline of Presentation
  • What is the Mars Rover Model Competition?
  • What motivated the program?
  • History
  • Sponsors
  • Program details
  • Teaching the contest as a curriculum unit
  • The competition
  • Future plans and suggestions

3
Program Summary
  • Primary and middle school (Grades 3-8) students.
  • Design and build a model of a Mars Rover .
  • Select specific science mission on Mars.
  • The model will be a minimal cost mock-up,
    constructed of mostly found objects.
  • A low cost (10) solar powered car kit or (25)
    RC car may serve as the chassis.

4
Contestant
5
Motivation
  • Provide very low cost alternative to true
    robotics programs
  • Develop flexible curriculum module that covers
    planetary science and aerospace engineering
  • Excite and motivate future engineers

6
A Legacy Event FromThe New Face of
SpaceExciting the Next Generation
Educational Events and Activities at the World
Space Congress 2002 and the
7
More History
  • Based on JPLs Mars Millennium project
  • Brought to Houston by Mayors SparkPark project
  • Refined and further developed by Holly Smith,
    Bendwood Elementary, SBISD

8
Sponsors
  • AIAA
  • University of Houston Student Chapter
  • Houston Section
  • University of Houston
  • Office of the Senior Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Presiden
    t for Academic Affairs/Provost
  • College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Cullen College of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Technology
  • Texas Center for the Study of Advanced Materials
  • Physics Department
  • Geosciences Department
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

9
Our Process
  • Raise Funds
  • Select Dates
  • Review Lessons From Last Event
  • Announce Event
  • Conduct Teacher Workshop
  • Solicit Entries, Volunteers
  • Conduct Event

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Mars Unit Overview
  • Research the characteristics of Mars
  • Investigate the features of NASAs probes
  • Power for Probes Solar Racer (optional)
  • Design teams decide on mission, rover features
    create initial draft with the criteria in mind
  • Build rovers using craft materials
  • Plan presentation to share their teams Mars Rover
  • Enter win the competition!

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Research the Characteristics of Mars
  • Learn about the features conditions on Mars.
  • Gather information critical for a Mars space
    probe.
  • Use various sources internet, NASA materials,
    videos, CD-ROMS, etc.
  • Share information in a fun way have student
    groups teach the class.

13
Research the Features of NASAs Mars probes
  • Learn how space probes communicate and conduct
    experiments on Mars
  • See how space probes are designed to survive in
    harsh conditions
  • Learn how rovers are designed tested
  • Share facts findings
  • Note mission similarities

14
Powering Probes Solar Racer
  • Great for learning about solar power and
    experimenting with various kinds of propulsion
  • Cost 10 per kit teams of about 2-3 are
    practical
  • Fun for races, analyzing design propulsion
    strategies

15
Creation of a Rover for the Competition
  • Review Mars conditions
  • Review highlights of NASAs probes to Mars
  • Review the criteria for the 2004-5 Rover
    Competition
  • Form Rover Design Teams of 3-4 members

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Rover Planning Mission on Mars
  • Begin completing the leading questions in the
    Mars Rover Guide
  • Obtain consensus on 2-3 objectives for their
    mission
  • Examine map of Mars to locate a landing site to
    accomplish mission goals

18
Rover Planning Features for Mission
  • Brainstorm the technology and features needed to
    accomplish their mission.
  • Brainstorm features to handle the harsh
    conditions cold, dust, rough terrain.
  • Sketch initial design incorporating teams ideas.

19
Rover Construction A Team Approach
  • Emphasize teamwork and group decision making
  • Use various arts craft supplies along with
    materials available from the store foil, cups,
    Styrofoam trays, straws, spoons, etc.
  • Use book tape hot glue for assembly of the
    pieces

20
Building your model
  • Two 8th grade students building a demonstration
    model during a teacher training workshop

21
Planning for the Presentation
  • Explain the criteria for the presentations -
    rubric
  • Encourage creativity with skits, props and
    costumes
  • Explain key features and the rovers capabilities
    in the extreme conditions
  • Develop scripts practice

22
Presenting the 2004-5 Mars Rovers
  • The day is here! Share rovers and creative ideas
    for future exploration
  • Encourage probing and clarifying questions from
    the audience
  • Evaluate rovers and presentations based on
    established criteria - rubric

23
Share your model
  • Lights, camera skit!

24
Here Come da Judge!
25
Bright smiles, bright kids
26
The Winners!
27
Engage and empower
  • Positive attitude toward science
  • Positive perception of science relevance
  • Knowledge Ownership
  • Situational empowerment
  • Goal-oriented long-term task

28
Standards
  • Science process skills
  • Laboratory experience
  • Investigation planning
  • Data collection
  • Inference
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Writing

Yes, sir. I know that real spacecraft use white
duct tape
29
Mars Rover Competition Websitehttp//troll.phys.u
h.edu/MarsRover/
  • Items of Interest
  • Schedule
  • Contest Rules
  • Entry Form
  • Resources
  • Mars Here We Come Slideshow

30
Budget
  • Expenses
  • Direct -- 7000
  • Overhead --3500
  • Bare bones
  • Not covered
  • T-shirts goodie bag for participants
  • Posters curriculum materials for teachers

31
Future -- What Can AIAA Do?
  • Spread the word
  • Informally, or
  • Adopt program as nationwide activity
  • Contact schools
  • Help fund
  • Help find local corporate sponsors
  • National sponsors
  • Formal, standards based modules
  • Volunteers needed!

32
MarsHere We Come!
  • The 2004-5 Mars Rover Model Competition -
  • An Overview of the Curricula Resources
  • Holly Smith - Spring Branch ISD
    smithh_at_springbranchisd.com
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