On April 16th, several team members went to the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, CT to deliver our Mars rover simulation! It was the product of several months of work, led by Alex Davis. We created a custom Mars surface mat, foam Martian rocks, and a rover. The simulation allows children and students to control the rover (equipped with a wireless camera) and make "discoveries" on Mars. The Discovery Museum plans on using this robot as a platform to get kids excited about space, science, and robotics. The museum plans to use it in classrooms, as well as the magnet school next door.
We set it up, and demonstrated it to several people, including David Mestre (Manager of Space Science Education) and Lynn Harris Owens (Director of Education). Everyone at the museum was very enthusiastic about it, and excited to have us there.