GoPiGo3 Mars Rover Classroom Kit

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Grades 5-8.

Make learning about space exploration a fun, hands-on robotics project using GoPiGo3, a robot car that you build and code.

  • Design and build a rover to explore and gather data about a newly discovered planet
  • Learn to control the GoPiGo with code and use distance, temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors, as well as cameras, to collect information to analyze and draw conclusions
  • Lessons use Bloxter, a beginner drag-and-drop programming language based on Blockly by Google and MIT that requires no prior experience
  • Teaches and incorporates Scratch, but Python, Java, C++, and Node.js can also be used to program the robot car
  • Consists of 5 lessons
  • Lesson 1 - Robots in Space: Students will investigate current and past space exploration technology. Based on their understanding of space technology, students will design and build a rover to explore a new planet based on their understanding of current and past Mars rover technologies.
  • Lesson 2 - Visual Survey of the Planet: Students will investigate the visual properties of a new planet. Students will record observations and inferences based on the data gathered.
  • Lesson 3 - Living Conditions - Temperature and Humidity: Students will describe properties of planets in the Goldilocks Zone. Students will analyze data about the temperature of planets in our solar system. Students will investigate the temperature of a new planet and compare the temperature readings to that of other planets in our solar system.
  • Lesson 4 - Energy from Light: Students will investigate and describe solar energy and its uses.
  • Lesson 5 - Sensing Light on the Planet: Students will design an experiment to answer a question about light on a new planet. Students will present their experiment idea to the class. Students will answer a question about light on the new planet by completing one of the student-designed experiments.
  • Each lesson includes the following elements:
  • Background information and resource links (To share with students)
  • Introductory questions and information to share with students
  • Step-by-step procedure for the project
  • Student handouts, charts, and worksheets
  • Closure exercises
  • Assessment questions
  • Extension
  • Lessons can be expanded upom for more advanced students by doing more sophisticated activities with the sensors, as well as data collection and analysis techniques
  • Includes:
  • GoPiGo3 Base Kit (NA10388)
  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • MicroSD card with DexterOS
  • USB drive
  • Distance sensor
  • Light and color sensor
  • Temperature, humidity, and pressure sensor
  • Raspberry Pi camera
  • Servo kit
  • Sensor mounts (set of 3)
  • Power wall adapter
  • Rechargeable battery and smart charger kit
  • Getting Started guide
  • Required but not included:
  • Computer with Wi-Fi®, Internet connection, and web browser (Chrome preferred, but use Firefox if using touchscreen laptops)
  • Projector (can be helpful)
  • Optional: Heat lamps, humidifier, dehumidifier
  • Optional: Materials for rover design (construction paper, cardboard, foil, pipe cleaners, recyclables, etc.)

Mars Rover Classroom kit

  • Includes 5 of everything in Mars Rover Kit (NA10390M), as well as 6 storage bins and spare parts bag
  • Allow extra delivery time
WARNING: Choking Hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Item Weight: 27
Age: 10 yrs. - 13 yrs.
STEAM: Robotics
Prop 65:
Brand: Dexter
Collections: STEM
Grade: 5 - 8
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School
Subject Areas: Career Development, Independent Learning, Physical Science


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