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Pavilion Spotlight: get ready for the Design Challenge

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Upon first look, it's a whole bunch of items that could be found in many of our garages. But, upon further inspection this is a rover ready to navigate uncharted territory.

"So the students are challenged to create a rover that is essentially going to explore the red planet, a new undiscovered planet in the solar system," said Rose Ann Hofland the Director of the Community Learning Center at the Washington Pavilion.

On April 5th the Washington Pavilion will host a Design Challenge for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. Teams of at least two will have their rovers judged by local engineers and teachers.

"How they're going to navigate around the volcanic lava or on the uneven terrain or how they're going to raise a flag pole," said Hofland. "They're learning all these ideas about engineering and problem solving and working together as a team. That's another really big one."

The students also have to talk about their rovers to the judges, describing what worked and what didn't.

"They're learning about science and engineering in a very hands on way."

The Design Challenge is free and the application to open until February 28th. For more information click on this link: https://www.washingtonpavilion.org and search Design Challenge.

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