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Valley View Elementary Students to Test-Drive NASA Rovers

By SpaceRef Editor
November 5, 2009
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Valley View Elementary Students to Test-Drive NASA Rovers
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – News media are invited to an event where fifth-grade students from Valley View Elementary School, Pleasanton, Calif., will experience robotic exploration by test-driving remote-controlled rovers around a student-designed obstacle course on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

The robotic rovers are similar to those used in space exploration and are designed and built by the Carnegie Mellon University in partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Robots are used extensively in the Spaceward Bound program for students and teachers, designed to train the next generation of space explorers through participatory educational activities.

WHO: 110 fifth-grade students from Valley View Elementary School, Pleasanton, Calif., a fifth-grade teacher and Spaceward Bound alumnus, Rob Palassou, along with Liza Coe, Spaceward Bound co-Investigator at NASA Ames, and Michael Lamberty, technical lead for Spaceward Bound 2.0.

WHEN: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

WHAT: Students test-drive robotic rovers that are similar to those used in space exploration on a student-designed obstacle course.
WHERE: Valley View Elementary School, 480 Adams Way, Pleasanton, Calif.

For information about the Spaceward Bound program, visit: http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacewardbound/

SpaceRef staff editor.