Image: NASA

Meet the Robot August | Mars Rover

Duration: 30 mins

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences replicas of the US space agency NASA’s 2011 Curiosity Mars Rover.

The quarter-scale replica rovers were built by the museum’s own workshop team, using 3D printed and off-the-shelf components. They followed the instructions provided in open-source schematics that NASA published to encourage learning and a deeper interest in its Mars missions at institutions all over the world. The rovers are controlled with programmable electronics including the open-source languages for Arduino and Rasberry Pi along with Unity.

Every Saturday and Sunday in August, the Museums Discovery Centre will host four 30-minute sessions where you can drop in on a demonstration of our rovers in action as they roam inside and outside.

Hosts will be available to answer questions and engage in conversation about the autonomous robotics generally, design process and technology involved in this robot, the current missions exploring Mars and what this all means for the search for life elsewhere in our Solar System.

This free activity is fun for all ages. No bookings are required.

To help plan your visit, please find information here about the measures we’ve put in place in response to COVID-19 to keep everyone safe.


Temporarily closed.

In line with the NSW Government’s public health order, the Museums Discovery Centre is temporarily closed to the public.

Thank you for your understanding at this time as we continue to put in place measures to protect the health of our visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

If you have purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs during this period, our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange a refund or reschedule your visit. If you would like to contact us please email: 

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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Museums Discovery Centre venue page, including:

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