The Africa Rover Challenge is open to participants interested in designing and building a Mars rover prototype. This is not expected to be a space-grade machine and does not need to be ready to operate in actual space or Mars conditions. Instead, the rover prototype should be a small, mobile robot. It needs to be controlled wirelessly and have an independent power source.
The Challenge is divided into two stages:
The Launch Stage
The launch stage occurs online, allowing students to create and develop robots from their homes, schools, or universities. They will present their project strategy, design, and rover capabilities while demonstrating their knowledge of Mars geology and astrobiology. Judges will receive written reports and a video of the rover. During the final event, teams will meet online to hear from guest speakers in the robotics and space industry and deliver their final presentations. The top teams from this stage will advance to the Mars Stage, with the best teams officially announced and ranked.
The Mars stage will allow teams to have the opportunity to interact with their rovers on a custom obstacle course. Students will remotely operate their rovers to complete tasks resembling challenges expected on Mars, such as navigating rocky terrain or delivering supplies to astronauts. Awards will be given to the top-performing teams, making this event an exciting opportunity for students to test their machines in realistic scenarios and connect with fellow enthusiasts and special guests.
- Students enrolled in College;
- Students enrolled in the University; and
- Students enrolled in High School.
How to Apply
Interested participants must register here by February 29, 2024.
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