IDL Francis A. Cucinotta SA, Radiobiology, Radiation and Why They Matter for Space Research and Exploration AEDT 07:15 - 08:00 and AEDT 18:15 – 19:00
BLOCK 1 Virtual Scientific Sessions AEDT 08:00 - 11:00 and BLOCK 2 AEDT 19:00 – 22:00
IDL Francis A. Cucinotta SA, Radiobiology, Radiation and Why They Matter for Space Research and Exploration AEDT 07:15 - 08:00 and AEDT 18:15 – 19:00
BLOCK 1 Virtual Scientific Sessions AEDT 08:00 - 11:00 and BLOCK 2 AEDT 19:00 – 22:00
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Mars Yard & Monash Nova Rover

The team from Monash Nova Rover are coming to COSPAR-K to run the Mars Yard. Using their custom designed and manufactured 6-wheeled rover, Wombat, students will get the opportunity to operate the rover and complete activities designed to introduce them to new skills and improve on their communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Our in-person activity will see students complete 3 tasks. Each task will have a unique focus on navigation, mechanical assembly, or geological analysis, all while utilising good communication and teamwork.

Task 1: Navigation - students will need to successfully drive the rover through an obstacle course in order to reach safety. However, the drivers will be limited as they will not be able to see the rover or Mars Yard. Instead, the drivers will need to rely on their teammates in the field to convey appropriate instructions via electronic means.

Task 2: Mechanical Assembly - students will develop skills in coordinate geometry and operate the mechanical arm to fix a solar array, keeping the rover’s battery functioning. This task will require their students to effectively communicate the proper assembly of the solar array to their peers.

Task 3: Geological Analysis - students will be introduced to the fundamentals of geology and astrobiology before analysing a range of rock samples and a soil sample. This analysis will be used to reorientate a map that can lead the students back to their home base. Students will be split into groups of eight and rotate through each of the tasks for the duration of the lesson.

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The Monash Nova Rover team can’t wait to take you through this incredibly exciting and educational experience

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