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Markham class wins national space contest

A Grade 9 Markham District High School gifted science class accepted the mission to blast off on a journey of learning and was rewarded with an out-of-the-world experience.

The school was one of just four to win the Lunar Rover Research Challenge, a national space competition offered by Let’s Talk Science, Canadensys Aerospace Corporation and Avalon Space with support from the Canadian Space Agency.

More than 16,000 Grades 6 to 9 students took part in the competition, which challenged students to plan a rover mission seeking out ice deposits hidden in the shadows of the moon in a fun problem-based experience presented as a collaborative board game.

Winners of the competition remotely controlled a Canadensys lunar rover in a moon-like environment, allowing them to interact with technology that will be part of the upcoming Artemis space missions. They worked in teams to navigate, send commands to the rover, monitor its conditions and analyze the environment. Canadensys received a contract in November 2022 from the Canadian Space Agency to build Canada’s first lunar rover to be sent to the moon no earlier than 2026.

Students from Kanata, Mississauga and Abbotsford, B.C. also won the third annual competition. Hear from the Markham students as they remotely controlled the lunar rover prototype. Learn more about other opportunities available to York Region District School Board high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or explore other opportunities at www.yrdsb.ca/experience-yrdsb.

Photo:  A Grade 9 Markham District High School gifted science class accepted the mission to blast off on a journey of learning and was rewarded with an out-of-the-world experience.

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