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Introduction to Mars Rover


In this program, students who are interested robotics and coding will design their own human habitat and rover in a Mars stimulation. They will propose solutions to future issues of human inhabitancy on the “red planet”. Students will nurture their problem-solving skill and growth mindset in a practical immersive learning environment which is essential for their personal development and endeavours. FlipRobot Introduction to Mars Rover course is offered to students to learn at home through online live delivery with our certified coaches.

Certificate on Completion
Own the robotic hardware kit and software for continuous learning
Background on the Mars Rover

Mars, the 4th planet from the sun, is described by NASA as “no place for the faint-hearted”. With its harsh environment, thin atmosphere and extreme temperatures, Mars loom as the ultimate lonely planet destination. Despite these qualities, Mars is widely considered as the most Earth-like of the planets and with the most potential benefits for humans.



  • This course is an introduction to space technology through a Mars stimulation where students conceptually design human habitat and rover solution.

  • They will use our FlipCode program to refine their technological hardware skills in directing their rover to do basic movements through a predetermined route on simulated Mars surface.

  • Students will teach their rover to follow between colour trails by controlling it through variable control boarding using FlipCode.

  • To avoid rocks in the designated route, students will use ultrasonic sensors to create warning sounds to successfully trailblaze through the obstacle course.

  • Students will complete two challenges focusing on their technical and communication skills in an entrepreneurial environment designed to ignite their critical thinking.

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Course Outline
Course Outline
  • Construct a conceptual solution design for human habitat and rover on Mars

  • Design basic algorithm logic flow

  • Assemble and adjust the rover through mechanical engineering of different robotic hardware features  

  • Apply computational and design thinking into practice 

  • Critically evaluate the current robotic space industry technology to propose a viable design solution

  • Acquire knowledge to program and calibrate motors to control rover mobility 

  • Master their skills using FlipCode to program the rover to recognise objects and routes

  • Embody the growth mindset principle and practice 

Learning Outcomes
  • Year-group suitability: Years 5 to 8

  • Duration: 16 hours course 

  • Prerequisite requirements: None

  • Class format: Live online teaching via Zoom. Robotic assembly and coding by students at home. Interaction between teacher and students live online

  • System requirements: 

    • Windows 10 version 1809 and above (64 bits)

    • If using ChromeOS, users will require to install the FlipRobot Chrome extension

    • Supports macOS but not iOS​

    • An Internet connection and an internet browser

    • Zoom video conference application

    • A computer with a camera, mic, speaker (or headphones)

  • We will require a physical delivery address to send the FlipRobot hardware kit.

Course Details

Sept-Oct School Holidays


Introduction to Mars Rover

Monday to Thursday

From: 28 Sep 2020

To: 1 Oct 2020

From: 9:00 AM

To: 1:00 PM

Class no longer available


Introduction to Mars Rover

Monday to Thursday

From: 5 Oct 2020

To: 8 Oct 2020

From: 2:00 PM

To: 6:00 PM

Sept-Oct School Holidays

Term 4, 2020


Introduction to Mars Rover


From: 13 Oct 2020

To: 1 Dec 2020

From: 4:00 PM

To: 6:00 PM





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