The MARS ROVER Project

The MARS ROVER Project: Registration Announcement

From Eftyhia Zesta ( 3rd grade parent)

The “Mars Rover” project is an educational outreach project designed and run by Space Physics faculty at the University of Houston. The project aims to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) into the curriculum of students from grades 3 to 8. I will be using the help of my Houston colleagues as well as that of Dr. Caroline Lamb from MIT Lincoln Labs to apply and run this project in our school.

The project has been funded by the Concord STEM Academy for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in the Thoreau School.

Interested students will form teams of 4 acting as NASA engineers and scientists that will participate in the design and construction of a Mars Rover model to carry out a specific science objective on the surface of Mars. The models will be solar-powered and art supplies and recyclables will be used as construction materials.

The Mars Rover Project will commence during the first week of March.

For the 3rd grade, two initial lectures will occur during classroom time. The construction of the model rovers will happen as an after-school activity that will last four additional weeks, with final presentations of the models by the student teams in class. The 3rd grade after-school portion will run on Mondays from 3:30-5:00 pm.

For the 4th and 5th grades, the project will run as an after-school activity for the entire 6 weeks. The 4th and 5th grade teams will meet on Fridays from 3:30-5:00 pm.

We will hold one final Mars Rover celebration day with the opportunity for all student teams to display their models.

To sign up, please email no later than Feb 18:

Eftyhia Zesta at

For 4th and 5th grades, you can also sign up with:

Jonathan Campbell:

Natalie Gekle:
Please consider volunteering to help. If you have questions, please email Eftyhia, Jonathan or Natalie.