The excitement of NASA, space exploration, and robotic missions provides a natural entry point to engage students in learning about math, science, and technology. Pairing them in a research partnership with scientists and engineers allows them to discover real world applications for that knowledge. Over three years, the LAPIS program has involved students in active, hands-on research with the prototype rover for the 2003-2004 Mars Exploration Rover mission and scientists associated with its Athena Science Investigation. The result has been an experience that positively impacts the scientists, teachers, and students involved, and provides additional information on using the rover to acquire scientific data. Using a participatory evaluation process, empowerment evaluation, the participants have helped improve the program and provided a model for an outreach program associated with the twin rovers of the 2003-2004 Mars mission, the Athena Student Interns Program.
- Research partnerships
- Space science
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)