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Mars? Nope. Students Take To Great Sand Dunes To Test Robots

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Robotics competition

The Bridge Project's STEM program includes project-based learning, which includes building a robot and competing as part of the Colorado Robotics Challenge at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

In the 1970s, NASA scientists traveled to Great Sand Dunes National Park to test equipment for the Viking Mars landers, thinking the dunes would be a good substitute for the Martian surface.

Now, the NASA-funded Colorado Space Grant Consortium heads back to the park each year for a student event they call the Colorado Robotics Challenge.

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This article was written by Dan BoyceColorado Public Radio