Planning a mission to Mars begins now! Students will learn about current space research and goals for future space exploration. We will discuss mission limitations (weight, durability, and landing issues) and design a video game to explore Mars. Each student will create a Mars rover game using the Scratch programming language from MIT. Each video game is required to incorporate a satellite image of Mars – to depict, for example, the Valles Marineris Trench, which covers an area equivalent to the continental U.S., or Olympus Mons, a shield volcano with a footprint approximately the size of Arizona.
Note: This class is designed for middle school students. The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy courses are designed to inspire young adults to pursue careers in STE[+a]M.
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Course Number: WKSP-90020
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)