The MER (Mars Exploration Rover) Robotics Project is an education program designed to teach kids about Mars exploration and robotics. The project was developed by Steven Dworetzky of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and has been used with great success in middle schools in the LAUSD. Educators attended summer workshops, sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in July/August 2002 to experience the project for use in their classrooms. Teachers worked in teams to construct Mars-like terrain and built robotic rovers to traverse around the landscape. Follow along in their efforts from start to finish.
While the K'NEX Mars Rover, which was specifically designed for this project, is featured in these pages, any small rover could be used successfully. The project is extremely flexible and can be adapted to fit the needs of many different classrooms.
|Building the Mars Rovers|
|Imaging and Surface Ops|
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