Mission Control: Build The First Martian Colony
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Mission Control Seeks
- Teens rising, grades 6-10
- Beginner-Intermediate Skill Level
- No prior experience required; interest in engineering, robotics, and space exploration!
“Mission Control, we need your help!” Calling all junior engineers and roboticists. Are you ready to help build the first Martian colony? Mission Control needs your help to solve challenging engineering problems and program robots to create safe structures for humans. Our astronauts are heading to Mars and we need a crew here on Earth to prototype several designs before passing them along to the Martian team. Your goal will be to help the astronauts complete the first life-sustaining structure on another planet!
During this two-week mission, you will be our go-to team on Earth for discovering solutions for our astronauts building on the Martian terrain. Log in daily to the inter-planetary transmission and from our three Martian Astronauts to help solve their build and robotic challenges. As part of the team, you will receive model building and robotics equipment to test out at home and explore multiple ways to problem-solve for our astronauts. Once you’ve found the solution to their challenge, report back, and tell them how to build it!
Our “pay what you can afford” model allows equitable access for all income levels. If you can contribute more, we encourage you to share so others can join at their affordability level.
What Parents Can Expect
- Classes will run online from Monday-Friday from10AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM EDT
- Students will need a laptop, access to Zoom, and will receive a materials kit prior to the start of class
- Kits can be available for pickup or mailed.
What Students Will Learn
- Programming: Repeat building block programs (Scratch-based), Microsoft Makecode, TinkerCAD 3D modeling and design
- Robotics & Engineering: Mechanical and electronic assembly, Arduino-based Circuit Playground
- Hands-On Building: Model building equipment, robotic arm
- Critical-thinking, problem-solving, team-work, effective communication in a digital environment
Parents are required to register on behalf of their child. Forms will be emailed requesting more information on the student(s) participating.
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