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Michigan Mars Rover Team


The Michigan Mars Rover team (MRover) is a student-run, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to design, build, and test a rover for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments and to assist astronauts on a mission to Mars. MRover is a competition oriented team whose goal is to win the University Rover Challenge that takes place every year at NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah. Additionally the team hosts educational outreach events for students of all ages, with our largest and most unique outreach event being the Mars Rover High School Contest. MRover is a unique opportunity for University of Michigan students to learn more about multidisciplinary engineering and space exploration.

MRover has another equally important mission: encouraging science and space exploration among our community. The MRover High School Design Challenge is a unique experience for Michigan high school students to develop, challenge, and display their problem solving skills in the context of solving an advanced engineering challenge. Each year, The Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover) hosts an educational outreach event designed to challenge students in grades 9 through 12 over current challenges related to space exploration. The challenge is designed to give students experience in a college-level engineering project through the context of engineering an effective solution to a future mission to Mars. This requires the development of project specifications, team based design, and the effective conveyance of ideas through technical writing, models, and a presentation. By competing in the Challenge, students will gain experience in a college-level engineering project, have the ability to tour the Michigan Engineering campus and facilities, and compete to win cash prizes.

Contact Information

Scott Briggs

The Pierpont Commons
2101 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 395-6826
E-mail: sdbrigg@umich.edu

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Ann Arbor

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Engineering, Middle and High School (7-12)