Design, Build, & Launch a Rocket
Teams will engineer a rocket of their own design by deciding which rocket parts are needed and what they can afford given their project budget. Rockets will be launched at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (weather permitting).
Build a Robotic Mars Rover
Given a set of parameters and tasks each rover must accomplish on Mars, students must decide how to create a robotic rover. They start with a price list for supplies and given varying criteria, students design, build and test their rover. Teams put their rovers to the test on a Martian landscape attempting to locate and retrieve Martian rocks.
Engineer a Rover Lander
During this phase of the mission, teams must design and create a lander which will safely protect its rover payload from the impact of landing on the Martian surface. Payload protection is critical as the success of the rover mission cannot be accomplished if the rover is damaged before it is able to explore Mars. Working within a budget, students must ensure their cargo can withstand the impact of a 3-story drop; on to a predetermined landing site.
Lofting Into Space
Students will engineer an apparatus capable of carrying rocket pieces at an ascent of 60-degrees, 2 stories high. Using a budget, students will design and redesign an ascent vehicle methodically and with considerable problem solving.
Train like astronauts in this exciting session! You will participate in underwater training exercises using SCUBA gear in a local indoor pool.
Given information about specific topics, all groups must present the necessary information to accomplish their rocket, rover, landing and lofting projects. Each team will have different, but vital pieces of information which must be shared with all groups in order to ensure success. Since teams do not have the same information, communication is critical! Space Center Houston administration and all teams evaluate presentations for style and content knowledge.
Several tours are given at Johnson Space Center, highlighting both Mars and project related themes. See historic Mission Control Centers and the Space Station Mock-up Facility with its life-sized models of the International Space Station. Visit the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where astronauts train for Extravehicular Activities (EVA) in simulated microgravity. See up-close rockets used in the early space program.
Talk to NASA Experts
Hear presentations by NASA personnel who are really making space exploration happen. Topics may include: Space Exploration, Rocket Propulsion, Mission Control, the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Robotics, Space Suit Design or Space Physiology.
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