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On-Ramp to Robotics Unit 1 (Motion) with Mars Rover Challenge for TI-84 Plus CE

On-Ramp to Robotics Unit 1 (Motion) with Mars Rover Challenge for TI-84 Plus CE

Author: Texas Instruments Inc.

Topic:  Computer Science, Mathematics, STEM

Tags: Algebra, Angles, Coding, Distance, Geometry, Linear Functions, Lines, Measures, Points and lines, Polygons, STEM, TI-Innovator, Triangle

Students will learn and use basic concepts for robotic vehicle control along with math concepts to write a program to drive their Rover around the base of the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars.

Navigate Rover around the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars

Learn the fundamentals of robotic vehicles

Angles and the Unit Circle

Proportion and Scale

Distance, Rate and Time

Measurement and Units

Motor Control

Coding Concepts

  For Loops

  Motion Commands


See a video example from a classroom on Youtube: 


Learn to do the project yourself

Step 1: Get a Rover and Mars Map to practice with by visiting and filling out the Request Details form.

Step 2: We recommend the following steps to prepare for the Rover On-Ramp to Robotics Unit 1 (Motion) lessons:


A. Start with 10 Minutes of Code Unit 1 Skill Builder 1

This “Hello World” lesson will give background on creating, storing, editing and running programs on the TI-Nspire.


B. Then do 10 Minutes of Code with TI-Innovator Technology Unit 4 (Making Rover Move)

These step-by-step skill builders will help you and your students get experience in writing programs for the Rover.


C. Then move on to On Ramp to Robotics: Unit 1 (Motion)/Mars Rover Challenge

Download and use the teacher materials on this page.

The lessons build to the final challenge of driving around the Olympus Mons volcano on the surface of Mars


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