In 1998, the EventScope team created the first and only educational tool to give students hands-on experience of a NASA mission site. In 2000, that tool--Big Signal--was expanded and improved.
Now, we will create an entirely new tool students can use to visit other planets.
The visual interface will simulate a telerobotics control room, with each student or student team operating a simulated robot modeled on the one NASA used in that module's mission. Each student or team will interact with an onscreen team of characters representing professional scientists and engineers. These characters will convey contextual information related to the mission, as well as linking to information about their specialties. Students will be able to ask these characters questions via email, receiving answers that are actually from participating professional scientists. At specific milestones, students and teachers will be able to share information with other classes involved in the same modules. A decentralized community of students, educators and scientists will be created.
The project's technical goals fall into three main categories:
|The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.|
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