LEGO Rovers

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Lego Rovers is a public engagement activity for children in Key Stages 2 and 3 which teaches them the challenges of remote control of planetary rovers. Children get to navigate their own space rover, see the effect of the time delay between the Earth, the Moon and Mars, and experiment with automation rules based on concepts from artificial intelligence programming.

It is taken to schools in the North West area via the STEM Ambassador Scheme, and was used as a basis for a challenge in the NASA 2013 Space Apps Hackathon. A variant of the activity, Lego Dinos, was demonstrated at Cheltenham Science Festival in 2015.

Lego Rovers was developed by Dr. Louise Dennis from Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. It is funded by the University of Liverpool and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).