More than 20 students at Waltrip High School will enjoy a rare experience Friday afternoon, remotely piloting a rover that is similar to the one on Mars.
Houston ISD said in a news release Thursday that Waltrip is one of two schools in North America, and the only campus in the United States, to be selected as a Mission Control Academy by Mission Control Space Services, Inc., a Canadian space exploration and robotics company. The other school is in Ottawa, Canada.
HISD said students in Waltrip’s Geography Information Systems (GIS) magnet program, which partners with Texas A&M University researchers, will remotely control a rover prototype located at a facility in Quebec where the terrain is similar to that on Mars. The exercise, which will be conducted from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Friday on the Waltrip campus at 1900 W. 34th St., is the culmination of a two-week STEM education and training program led by experts from the space industry, including NASA.
Representatives from Mission Control Space Services and Texas A&M will be on hand.