The StarLAB team and RDA Hunter last week staged the 2018 Mars Rover Challenge which was an opportunity for ME Program schools to come together and test their Python prowess.
The Challenge which was held at The Forum, the University of Newcastle over two days, was also live-streamed on YouTube. The first day saw students get familiar with the course, test out their ideas and fine-tune their code. On day two students showed off their coding skills and navigated the Martian terrain, all the time collecting environmental data. Students were also involved in other activities including Hackathon challenges and test navigation courses.
The overall winning team was from Newcastle Grammar School’s NGS 3 team comprised of Felix, Dilan and Oscar. They solved problems including syntax errors, rogue environmental data and temperamental Rovers to receive the coveted 3D printed national Mars Rover Trophy.