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Kid engineers debut Mars Rover they built for NYSCI (slide show)

On Saturday, August 10, sisters Camille and Genevieve and their father Robert will give a live demonstration of their working model of the Mars Rover.

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty workshop

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty family workshop

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty family workshop

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty family workshop

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty family workshop

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty family workshop

  • Courtesy Beatty Robotics

  •  Courtesy Beatty Robotics

    Rover building at the Beatty family workshop

Courtesy Beatty Robotics

Rover building at the Beatty workshop


It's pretty impressive that NASA’s experts were able to build the Mars Rover to explore the surface of another planet, so we think it’s amazing that two sisters and their dad were able to create their very own working Rover in their North Carolina garage. Camille Beatty, 13, her sister Genevieve, 11, and their father Robert constructed a rover on their own, documenting their work on their blog. When the New York Hall of Science was looking into replacing their own Mars Rover, they came across the website and asked the family to build them a new one—which they did, using more than 700 electrical, mechanical and other components, complete with solar panels, an infrared camera, thermal array sensor, solar sensors and even a six-wheeled rocker-bogie suspension system that's just like the one on the original Mars Rover.


Camille, whose forte is machining, and Genevieve, who loves soldering, will be at the New York Hall of Science all day on Saturday, August 10, where they'll give a demonstration with their dad (1pm) and take questions from museumgoers (before and after) as part of NYSCI's afternoon-long Summer of the Stars: Astronomy program. Not only will visitors get to meet the father-and-daughter team and ask them about their project, but they'll also get to drive the rover (from a programmable kiosk) using the Beattys' special control software, which kids can try out whenever they visit the Rover at its new and permanent home at NYSCI. And to round out their museum trip, visitors can don a pair of virtual reality glasses for a tour of the surface of Mars, check out the Sun through filtered telescopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and craft constellations on sun print paper.

Summer of the Stars: Astronomy takes place at the New York Hall of Science on Saturday, August 10, from noon to 4pm.


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