Mars Rover Celebration


How many children can be on a team? Can there be just one? Can there be more than 6?

We do not recommend that children participate by themselves in Mars Rover. However, it is permitted. We have had models by one child win their category. We have found that three to four students is an ideal team size.

What if one member of the team is ill or has a conflict on the day of the event; can the team still come?


Does the cost sheet need to include everything they used…even if it was a found object?

Found objects should be listed at a cost of $0.

Is a trifold display or diorama required?

No. Teams may prepare a display, and many do. However, the display is not evaluated or counted as part of the judging.

Are PowerPoint or other laptop presentations allowed?

Laptops and PowerPoint presentations are not allowed at present.

Are skits required? Are costumes a required part of the skit?

Skits are a required part of the judging process. They are evaluated on clarity, preparation, and coherence of presentation. Costumes are not required or considered as part of the evaluation process.

Are batteries allowed?

Only for radio controlled models that are entered in the RC model category.

You can now purchase actual robot CPU’s for less than $25. Can we use them?


What if we can’t find any of the specific recommended starting RC cars? What do we do?

Anything in the 1:15 to1:20 size range that is under $25 is acceptable.

When should the middle school students come in to set up the models?

Middle School set up starts at 12:00PM. Please DO NOT come early, the room does not open for MS students until 12:00PM.

Do you provide parking permit for the day? Where should I pick it up? And is there a dedicated area for volunteer parking?

Parking permits are not required on Saturday. Parking is available in Lot 20 (the big lots across the street from the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Use Entrance 1 just off Spur 5 to access this lot.

Are there any forms that need to be signed by a student’s parent or guardian?

The UH STEM Center has a media release form that needs a parent signature. Parents are NOT required to complete the media release form, but it is preferred.

What are the responsibilities of a volunteer tour guide?

Guide a group of students, parents and teachers to sights and organized tour stops and demonstrations. Training and detailed route plans will be provided, but general familiarity with campus and the UH curricula is required.

What do judges actually do?

Judges view and score models and skits according to detailed criteria. Each judge will spend 15 minutes per model and judge 4 models.

Does judging require prior knowledge of the Mars Rover program or just a keen eye on details to the prescribed rules?

Judges do not need prior knowledge of the Mars Rover program, but do need to attend the judge training and have an eye for detail.

I want to help, but I am not a STEM/robotics person. Can I still volunteer as a judge?


Do I need to be a student or affiliated with U of H to be a volunteer?

No — the whole community is invited to volunteer.

Will judging in the morning require me to stay for the whole day or will it be ok to leave at lunch?

You can leave at lunch.

Do judges get lunch?

Afternoon and all-day judges will be provided lunch.