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2014 Mars Rover Celebration

January 31, 2015, Primary Schools: 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Middle Schools: 1:00-6:00 pm,
Conrad Hilton Ballroom, University Hilton

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 25 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:

To join the workshop visit: http://vcomm.uh.edu/teacher_workshop/
Meeting Name: Teacher Workshop
When: 09/17/2011 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Recorded Mars Rover Videos:

Recordings of the 2010 Teacher Training Workshop and the 2011 Mars Rover Celebration are available. You can watch them here:
Mars Rover 2-H.264 for Apple TV Mars Rover 2-H.264 for Apple TV
Involves TLC2.

Recordings of the 2011 Teacher Training Workshop are available. You can watch them here:
Morning, Part I
Morning, Part II

New Mars Rover Announcements:

2014.10.21 : 2015 Mars Rover Celebration
Entries are now open for the 2015 Mars Rover Celebration, which will be held on January 31, 2015, in the Houston Room, University Center, UH main campus.

2014.10.21 : 2014 Teacher Training Webinar
The 2014-2015 Mars Rove curriculum contains significant new material. Owing to publicity issues, we did not have the attendance we normally do. We are presently sending out an inquiry as to when we might best hold a make-up webinar. LEt me know if you are interested and did not get this email.

2014.10.21 : 2014 Teacher Training
2014 Teacher Training was held Sept 20 and Sept 27 in Room 307, Farish Hall, UH, 9-4 both days.

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2014 Mars Rover Celebration