Welcome to the NBN Mars Lab
The NBN Mars Lab is a both a Mars Yard (a re-creation of the Martian surface) and a robotics lab established within Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. It engages high school students in the search for life on Mars and the technologies which enable that search.
VIDEO CONFERENCE EVENT WITH THE DRIVER OF CURIOSITY!
Thursday 27 February 2014
9:30 am (Sydney time)
Vandi is an amazing and inspirational woman.
Her passion for chasing her dreams (as impossible as they may have seemed), her zeal to achieve them through hard work and her willingness to take (calculated) risks are incredibly admirable. She is young, cool and an amazing role model for young people (especially the young ladies in your schools), who are or maybe interested in science and engineering. During the video conference event Vandi will share her story, the successes and challenges she experienced along the way, the studies and work experiences that led her to her current work, and of course, her experiences driving Curiosity. This is a very special and unique opportunity for your students to meet and interact with Curiosity’s driver, ask questions about her work, studies, and even technical questions about driving a rover which may help them in their future Mars Lab missions. We also plan to have Vandi teleoperate our Mawson Rover during the conference!
60 Minutes On Mars is a five lesson teacher-led unit of science curriculum-linked activities that provide an introduction to the search for evidence of life on Mars culminating with a teleoperation rover driving experience. Students investigate the main geological and astrobiological features of interest on the Martian surface and use this knowledge to carefully plan their rover mission.
Teachers can follow the lessons step by step or choose to extend and vary the focus for their students as they develop a scientific goal for their Mars photographic mission.
Suitable for Years 7-10
What happens in the Mars Lab?
A quick video introduction to the Mars Lab student experience.
Mars Mission 5 is a three hour virtual excursion led by our Mars Lab team over video conferencing. MM5 introduces students to the robotic exploration of Mars and focusses on collaboration, planning, observation and scientific investigation.
The program involves students in a variety of experiences over VC and in their classrooms including discussions, mission planning, virtual rover driving and teleoperating our Maswson Rover in the Mars Yard.
Suitable for Years 7-10
Introduction to the Mars Yard
What is the Mars Yard? How was it built and how it is used by astrobiologists, engineers and high school students?