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Explore Mars! A Rover Game

In this cooperative board game, players work together to program a rover on Mars to successfully complete its mission. Players must collect all four data samples before the treacherous environment damages the rover beyond repair!

DESCRIPTION

In this cooperative board game, players take on the role of Mission Control here on Earth. They will work together to program and communicate with a rover on Mars to collect four data samples from Mars and send the data back to Earth before the treacherous environment damages the rover beyond repair. By completing this mission, the team will test new technologies that will pave the way for future human exploration of Mars! 

The game is grounded in real science about a mission on Mars. The emphasis in this game is for players to work together to succeed in their mission.

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DESCRIPTION

In this cooperative board game, players take on the role of Mission Control here on Earth. They will work together to program and communicate with a rover on Mars to collect four data samples from Mars and send the data back to Earth before the treacherous environment damages the rover beyond repair. By completing this mission, the team will test new technologies that will pave the way for future human exploration of Mars! 

The game is grounded in real science about a mission on Mars. The emphasis in this game is for players to work together to succeed in their mission.

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TRAINING VIDEOS

OBJECTIVES

BIG IDEA

All NASA missions require teamwork!

LEARNING GOALS

  • Scientists rely on unmanned, robotic rovers that are controlled on Earth to explore the surface of Mars.

  • Space exploration requires a diverse team of experts that collaborate to accomplish a space mission goal.

  • Scientists are interested in finding signs of ancient microbial life on Mars.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2021
OWNING INSTITUTION

Arizona State University

FUNDING

This material is based on work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

PERMISSIONS

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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