Students Travel to Idaho Falls for Idaho TECH: Mars Rover Challenge

Tuesday, April 5 2011

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Teams of fifth and sixth grade students from southern Idaho will gather in Idaho Falls to go head to head with their rovers on Saturday, April 9, as part of this year’s Idaho Teaching Engineering to Children – TECH – Mars Rover Challenge.

The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium’s TECH Challenge tests the engineering skills of the teams in a daylong Mars rover competition. Teams of four to six students will use Legos to create a motorized Mars rover. Each team will test their rover’s ability to maneuver between obstacles, climb steep hills and pick up small objects on a surface that resembles the surface of Mars.

Teams from American Falls, Leadore, Malad and Twin Falls will compete in the Southern TECH: Mars Rover Challenge at Taylor’s Crossing Public Charter School in Idaho Falls.

Idaho Falls competition is the first of three TECH challenges in Idaho. The top placed teams from each competition will advance to the state finals, which will be held in Moscow on Friday, April 29.

Idaho TECH is open to the public. For more information on Idaho TECH contact the NASA Idaho Space Grant at
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About the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium
The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium was established in 1991 as part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The ISGC comprises 22 institutions including all colleges and universities in the state, science centers and museums, science organizations, state departments, industry representatives, a state park, and a national monument.

Media Contacts: Becky Highfill, NASA ISGC Program Coordinator, (208) 885-4934,; Brittany Harding, Communications Assistant, (208) 885-6030, Or on the web at

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