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Participants work in teams to model the process for communicating with a rover on Mars, to build programming skills, and understand the effects of time-delay.

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Add a Tech Twist Optional: Consider showing this Mars Rover Training Video at the beginning of this activity to give your patrons a look into what rovers look like, how they move, and how they collect data on Mars!
Hints for uses in your library Consider adding a health/exercise component to this activity! If you have the space, consider placing the "Marscape" far from "Mission Control" so the relays have to run far distances between the "Programmer" and the "Rover."
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Related Links Mars Exploration Program
Robonaut
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Robotic Gloves for Human Use
Robotic Lunar Lander
People are Robots, Too. Almost
NASA's Digital Learning Network
Originating Source Originating from NASA Education
Photo credit: STAR Net Libraries
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In Space by Ian Graham
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum
How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-this-World Adventure by Mark Brake
Mars by Elizabeth Carney
Curiosity's Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet by Ron Miller
Spaceships and Rockets by Deborah Lock
Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey O Bennett and Alan Okamoto
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Astronomy: Cool Women in Space by Anita Yasuda and Lena Chandhok
CatStronauts by Drew Brockington

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Rover Races

Rover Races

Participants work in teams to model the process for communicating with a rover on Mars, to build programming skills, and understand the effects of time-delay.