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NASA Teaches Kindergartners How to be Mars Robots

Dr. Jeremy Frank visited St. Paul's Child Development Center and talked about exploring Mars with kindergartners. The class talked about the planets, using both pictures on the classroom wall and a “huggable Mars.” The class also discussed how to explore other planets with rockets, robots, and people. Dr. Frank explained Rover operations, “When a Mars rover is driving towards a specific rock or interesting location, it drives forward a meter or so, then takes a picture, and corrects its course.” The class experimented with walking like a robot towards an interesting object (a NASA sticker) at the far end of a room, taking a few steps with their eyes closed, and then opening them and correcting their course.

Jeremy Frank is a NASA employee and parent of two children.

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