Edwardsburg Middle School students learning about Mars

Have you ever wondered how NASA controls the Mars Rover?

Edwardsburg Middle School students participated in a cross-curricular project that allowed them a hands-on opportunity to code a robot in a lab designed to simulate the various terrains of Mars. (Submitted photos)

Edwardsburg Middle School students participated in a cross-curricular project that allowed them a hands-on opportunity to code a robot in a lab designed to simulate the various terrains of Mars. (Submitted photos)

How did the Mars Pathfinder get its name? Should humans or robots explore outer space? How would you weigh on Mars?

These are just a few of the questions eighth-graders at Edwardsburg Middle School considered during a cross-curricular project designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to code a robot in a lab designed to simulate various terrain on Mars.

Students in Rob Wright’s science classes worked in small groups using the SPRK Lab app on their phones to link to a SPHERO robot and then try various obstacle courses designed to challenge their problem solving and cooperative learning skills.

Students worked together through trial and error to work their way through beginning, intermediate and challenging obstacles courses that were designed to reflect surface challenges on Mars.

In Erin Souchick’s social studies class, students learned about a  Mars rover that was named after Sojourner Truth.

Students read a biography on Truth, created a mini-book reflecting their knowledge, and then used their Chromebooks to design and present their proposal for a memorial for Truth.

Leslie Zech’s English classes debated whether we should send humans and resources to Mars or spend that money here on Earth.

Students researched on their Chromebooks, had class discussions, and wrote argumentative essays reflecting their research and position.

David Cobb’s math class discussed the diameter of Mars, comparing it to the size of the U.S.  Students also determined what they would weigh on Mars.

Each class activity provided students with an opportunity to build on the knowledge they gained in science and provided opportunities to expand their knowledge.

Dowagiac

Round Oak’s impact on Dowagiac still felt 60 years later

Dowagiac

Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac reach fundraising requirements for Russom Park Pavilion Project

Dowagiac

Rotarian Walter Swann discusses life, community outreach

Cass County

Three Rivers man sentenced to probation for meth possession

Cass County

Edwardsburg man sentenced to one year for assault

Cass County

Cass County hosting workshop about child abuse prevention

Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland revises visitor guidelines

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer asks residents to take COVID-19 precautions, high schools to suspend in-person activities

Cassopolis

Cassopolis couple working to get musical nonprofit off the ground

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners approve 911 grant

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg/Ontwa Township Police Log: March 29 to April 5

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 723,297 cases, 16,400 deaths

Cass County

Cass County 4-H offering painting program

Berrien County

Johnson and Johnson vaccine clinic to be hosted at Niles-Buchanan YMCA

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer, MDHHS encourage spring break travelers to get tested for COVID-19

Berrien County

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day taking place next week at LMC campus

Dowagiac

Dowagiac District Library hosting poetry contest

Education

Edwardsburg chamber fundraising to donate personalized tumblers to graduating seniors

Business

Niles DDA takes on NODE expenses

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 715,478 cases, 16,327 deaths

Berrien County

Niles man hospitalized after motorcycle, SUV crash

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: April 2-4

News

State approves Niles social district

Cassopolis

Bureau of Land Management to offer wild horses, burros for adoption, sale at Cassopolis event