Mars Rover: High school students simulate Mars expeditions

Photo credit: Aprile Rickert

Photo credit: Aprile Rickert

From the News and Tribune: Sixteen-year-old Meghan Sturgeon already has a handle on what she wants to be when she grows up: an engineer.

Although her high school doesn’t offer much in the way of engineering exposure outside of some math and science classes that may be required for it, she got the opportunity —along with 44 other students from across Southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky — to get an up-close look at what engineering can be about Friday at Purdue Polytechnic Institute in New Albany.

“Purdue: Mission to Mars” was a daylong event which was part of the school’s K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach program. The students were grouped according to complementary skills and tasked with using several of the disciplines to get Lego robots, in the style of Martian rovers, to navigate the surface of Mars, built by staff, faculty and students of the school.

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