Kid-Engineered Robotic Mars Explorers (KERME)
A Kermit the Frog finger puppet became the inspiration for one rover name. The puppet rode on the KERME rover that was built by the 5th and 6th grade students at Montessori School of Corona. The kid-engineered rover, built by the preschool class at Montessori Children's House in Cypress, was named "Sheeper" after a little white sheep finger puppet that rode on it. A contest to name the real Mars Exploration Rovers was sponsored by the LEGO Company, the Planetary Society and NASA. The two NASA rovers, that launched to Mars this summer, were named "Spirit" and "Opportunity" by a third grade girl from Arizona. Her winning essay said:
used to live in an Orphanage.
It was dark and cold and lonely.
At night, I looked up at the sparkly sky and felt better.
I dreamed I could fly there.
In America, I can make all my dreams come true.....
Thank-you for the "Spirit" and the "Opportunity"
~ Sofi Collis, age 9
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