Mars, for kids: UH professor gets NASA grant to expand model rover program CultureMap

Manned space flight to Mars won’t take place until at least the 2020s, so the today’s kids could be our next astronauts.
Now a University of Houston professor who has made learning about space accessible and relevant to Houston students will be expanding his outreach work with a grant from NASA.
Physics and engineering professor Edgar Bering founded the Mars Rover Model Celebration and Exhibition in 2002 at the World Space Congress, inspired by his son’s fourth-grade science project.
The exhibition gives students an opportunity to build and design Mars rover models. Teams of kids from third grade through eighth grade research, design and construct a model rover with a specific scientific task to accomplish on Mars.