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Youth Rover Challenge (YRC) Comes to a Close After Successful Inaugural Year

12 Jun 2014, 02:45 UTC
Youth Rover Challenge (YRC) Comes to a Close After Successful Inaugural Year
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The Mars Society’s Youth Rover Challenge (YRC), a multi-tier
robotics competition that challenges elementary and high school aged students
to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education by
building a LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 rover and completing a series of
tasks in a home-made Mars terrain, recently wrapped up a successful inaugural year with
three teams claiming first-place victories in their specific regions.

The Mars Society is pleased to announce the winning participants: The
Cadets, a high school team from Benedictine Military School in Savannah,
Georgia that won first place in the South East Varsity region, The Robohawks,
an elementary school team from Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge,
California, which captured the West Junior Varsity region, and The Chaos Terriers, a team
from Litchfield, Michigan which managed to take the North East Junior Varsity
region.

The LEGO rovers being used for YRC are pre-designed to complete
specific experiments similar to what Mars rovers regularly accomplish today on
the surface of the Red Planet. The student contest is operated on-site at
build-it-yourself sandboxes, simulating a rocky Mars-like surface environment, with field tasks being videotaped and forwarded to YRC management for review and
judging.

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