Getting rovers ready

Lindsay Owens | Times Herald Azeria Ackerman, Analiese Ackerman, Adara Rainey and Addisyn Young work on their rover Monday afternoon at the Washington Carnegie Public Library. Over the next several weeks, teams of youth will build their own rovers as part of the Make It NASA program. The library is only one in Indiana to offer the hands-on science, technology, engineering and math or STEM program in the state.

Youth involved in the Make it NASA at Washington Carnegie Public Library began building their rovers Monday afternoon. STEM Coordinator Cailey Moreland said the multi-week project, titled “How Would You Measure the Moon,” will be done in teams and team members are responsible for building their own robot with unique sensors from the ground up. Part of that includes designing a scientific payload made up of a sensor, microcontroller and transmitter that is than mounted onto a model lunar rover. Students then have to program that payload to take data and transmit it back to the rover.

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