Online Judging Online Evaluation Training
January 28, 2017
Primary Schools: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Middle Schools: 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Houston Room, University Centers (UC)

What is the Mars Rover Celebration?

Primary (Grades 3-5) and middle school (Grades 6-8) students interested in science
and engineering will participate in the design and construction of a model of a
Mars Rover to carry out a specific science mission on the surface of Mars. The model
will be mostly a mock-up, constructed at a minimal cost (estimated cost of less
than $10-$25) of mostly found objects and simple art supplies. If desired, teachers
may supply students with a low cost ($10) solar powered car kit to serve as the
chassis, or a low cost ($25) RC kit. RC, Solar powered, and free-form (unpowered)
models will participate separately. The students will build the models as part of
a 6-week Fall semester classroom-learning or homework project on Mars. The students
will be given design criteria for a rover, and be required to do basic research
on Mars that will determine the operational objectives and structural features of
their rover. This module may be used as part of a class studying general science,
earth science, solar system astronomy or robotics or as a multi-disciplinary unit
for a gifted and talented program. Entries will be limited to the first 40 elementary
schools and first 40 middle schools to enter. Schools are encouraged to have entire
grades participate. Participation in the finals on January 28 will be limited to
the best 3 teams of 4 students from each classroom. Maximum allowed participation
will be 120 models in each half of the competition.

Teacher Workshop Webcast

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Meeting Name: Teacher Workshop
When: 09/20/2014 and 09/27/2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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