We have been busy at the Mars Lab adding improvements to all our software and would to share a few of the new features in Mars Yard Maps (MYM) to make it even easier to navigate complex maps.
When you select a pin in 2D you now get a visual clue to which pin is selected.
2D Pin Bounce
Likewise in 3D mode you get a visual clue.
3D Pin Bounce
If you have too many pins close to each other we have a multiple pin selection dialog to help you out.
Mars Yard Maps Multi Pin Select
Mars Lab visited PLC Melbourne to experience the mission’s from the school. All up the young ladies completed 4 separate missions!
Mars Mission 5 at PLC Melbourne
It was amazing to see just how the PLC teachers used the model of the solar system to teach size and scale. The work was proudly on display.
PLC Melbourne Planet Models
Mars Lab has even inspired a creative writing project. I can’t wait to see how it ends!
Mars Lab inspiring creative writing
Today Merrylands embarked on a mission to collect data for their project Mars.
Setting up the studio
Mawson was navagated expertly accross the yard by young people from Merrylands HS to conduct spectroscopy experiments on sites identified as potentially interesting.
Mawson exploring the yard
Mawson traversed dangerous terrain successfully by taking a safe path over complex terrain.
Mawson preparing to explore the crater
Young people from Merrylands HS driving Mawson
The young people were interviewed during the mission to document the process!
Young people from Merrylands conducting interviews on the mission
For more excitement from the day follow @themarslab on twitter. If you are interested in running your own mission on Mars take a look at our education programs and don’t hesitate to contact us!
During the holidays a mission to Mars was completed on the mars yard. The mission was a success with many interesting findings. Young people took control of the rover, planned their mission and executed from mission control remotely.
Mission to Mars group shot
Group shot cheering!
The award is for our innovative use of an AARNet connection with a new form of immersive teaching and learning in the online environment.
The award was collected on our behalf by UNSW’s Dr Houssein Hallani.
We are very happy to announce that the Virtual Mars Yard now has a full tutorial on how to use Mawson. Anyone is free to try, so why not learn how to drive an exploration rover!
A quick sneak preview a sleek minimal interface for Mars Yard Maps which is projector friendly.
A quick preview of a new MYM interface
Looking forward to schools importing their data directly into their own maps! Here is a sample of what it will look like.
MYM – Data pin
Mammoth is being put through his paces in preparation for NASA Administrator Bolden arrival in the Mars Yard. Going to be a very exciting event!