Denise’s Big Idea:
Students used the DF Robot Maqueen Plus to complete a variety of missions similar to the NASA Perseverance Rover Missions. Students programmed the robot and built attachments to retrieve samples similar to the Rover. They used the robot’s artificial intelligence ability to identify rock samples and used object avoidance to move along the prototype Mars simulated surface. Students learned about the physics of flight and emulated a flying drone similar to Ingenuity flying over the Mars surface. Through PBL and using the robot, they learned how to code in Python – a common computer language that currently programs websites. They gained soft skills such as the ability to work on a team, creativity and critical thinking. Students kept up to date on the Mars Mission and learned about artificial intelligence and how it will change the future of work. Students also learned about the physics of flight and the science it took to fly a drone on Mars.
Denise loves everything involving space, robotics, and STEM! Among her many achievements, she volunteers for NASA as a Solar System Ambassador and runs both an adult amateur astronomy club and a middle school astronomy club.