PARADE OF MARS ROVERS UNVEILED AT UH BY
BUDDING SCIENTISTS SATURDAY
Fifth Annual Competition Attracts Nearly 200 Elementary and Middle
Sixty-one Mars rovers will be buzzing around the University of
Houston campus Saturday, Jan. 27, as 177 area elementary- and middle-school
students unveil their creations at the Fifth Annual Mars Rover Model
Celebration and Exhibition.
The annual event takes place noon to 6 p.m. and showcases Mars
rovers crafted from simple art supplies and found objects, as well
as more complex solar-powered kits and radio-controlled car chassis.
The 177 future scientists and engineers will showcase their model
rovers in the Houston Room of the UH University Center. Entries
comprise the best teams from 19 participating schools, including
those from Houston, Crosby, Waller, Galveston and Shelton.
Students were supplied design criteria and had to complete basic
research on Mars to accurately determine the feasible operational
and structural features for their rovers. In a workshop at UH, teachers
were trained to guide students in building the models during six-week
classroom-learning and homework projects. Maximum cost for materials
ranges from $25 to $50, depending on the category entered.
Volunteers from the UH College of Education, UH student body, high-tech
companies, NASA and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts
(AIAA) will judge the event. Houston First Lady Andrea White will
present the awards. Sponsors are the UH Texas Learning and Computation
Center, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department
of Physics, Office of the Provost and AIAA.
||Fifth Annual Mars Rover Model Celebration
||Noon-6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27
Noon-1 p.m. Entries arrive
1-2:30 p.m. Elementary school judging
2:40-4 p.m. Middle school judging
4-5 p.m. Talk on “Exploring the Martian Surface,”
by Professor James Rice, Arizona State University
5:30 p.m. Awards ceremony
||University of Houston
University Center – Houston Room
Off Calhoun Road, Entrance 1
||Area elementary and middle school
Houston First Lady Andrea White (award ceremony MC)
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