Where STEM Meets Mars

A standards-based, cloud-based virtual modeling STEM application that guides students through an engaging, realistic autonomous rover development process capped by a very cool Virtual Race -- all before building their actual rovers.

A 3-D model is literally developed in minutes! The simplicity of the modeling process puts focus where it belongs - learning the critically important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that lives just below the surface. And it's completely web-based ... how cool is that? Then, "connecting the virtual to the physical", students can build their actual rovers.

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How it Works

What's the secret to well-functioning rovers? It’s not magic or luck... In this section, your students will find all the research theory they need, as well as plenty of activities and tools to put it to action. The tutorials will ensure that they are well prepared for the remaining sections.
Engineers know their science -- that's for sure. But they also have great tools to help them visualize their design in 3D. In this section, your students will use our custom, built-in programming logic interface to properly maneuver their rovers in the Mars course the teacher has assigned for them.
Ready for some fun? In the Virtual Race, your students will collaborate with and compete against their classmates, navigating through the Mars terrain – virtually.
When your students have completed their coding, they are ready to build their physical rover. They can find templates for the rover chassis here.
Now that we've conquered the virtual world, it’s time to upload the code into the rover. In this section, your students find instructions and tips to build a quality design.
Research Design Outputs Virtual Race Build and Test


Teacher-Directed Curriculum
The learning system puts teachers in control. Teachers can adjust the mars course, to vary the learning needs of Middle and High School students. Achievement and performance reports help teachers guide student learning.
Standards-based, STEM Knowledge
The application encompasses a high quality standards-based curriculum that enhances the development of fundamental science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge.
Comprehensive Suite of Tools
The system contains a fully integrated suite of CAD, analysis, and content delivery tools - all within a common, easy-to-use interface.
Time, Focus, and Confidence
Students have time to focus on making theory actionable. This enables learning, and ultimately yields confidence.
Exciting Web 2.0 Interface
Because the system is web-based, it’s accessible from anywhere. It’s also built with the most advanced web-based tools available. This provides teachers with the flexibility they deserve, and students with the "wow factor" they expect.

System Requirements

Rover is a web-based product. All modern browsers are supported, including:

  • Microsoft Edge: version 18 and higher
  • Google Chrome: version 61 and higher
  • Firefox: version 60 and higher
  • Safari: version 12.1 and higher

The application may still work in older browser versions but support for those is not guaranteed.

We recommend using a computer with a minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 720. We do not recommend iPads as screen size can be issue when sketching and displaying 3d models.