Teach your kids about NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity with a free webcast this week

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity is lower than a week away from trying its first flight on the Red Planet and the space agency needs to share the epic feat with college students in a webcast on Thursday (April 8). 

Engineers with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will host an Ingenuity speak Thursday for kids at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). The livestream might be accessible on the NASA JPL Education YouTube channel here at begin time. 

Today’s speak follows a series of press conferences, webinars and information periods by JPL to tell the general public on Ingenuity’s upcoming first flight, which could take off on Sunday (April 11). 

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Students on the lookout for extra methods to be taught about NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter can sort out a few DIY tasks supplied by JPL.

How to Make a Paper Helicopter: This venture will enable college students to construct their very own light-weight helicopter utilizing paper, scissors, a pencil, measuring tape and a ribbon. You can watch a NASA video guide here, with Spanish subtitles if wanted, on how you can construct the helicopter.

Code a Mars Helicopter Game: This NASA information permits college students to create their very own online game to discover Mars with a helicopter like Ingenuity. Students will discover ways to code utilizing the Scratch, a visible programming language. You can watch a NASA YouTube video guide on the game here, with Spanish subtitles if wanted.

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The Ingenuity helicopter arrived on Mars final month as a part of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed on Feb. 18 in an historic delta of the Jezero Crater. The helicopter is a tiny, four-bladed drone that weighs simply 4 lbs. (1.8 kilograms). Its mission is to check flight and scouting applied sciences that would assist future astronauts on Mars. 

Perseverance dropped the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars on Saturday (April 3). The solar-powered helicopter efficiently survived its first night time alone on Mars and can check its rotors quickly for its upcoming flight. Its digital camera has already begun taking color photos of Mars.

NASA engineers count on Ingenuity to fly a collection of more and more longer flights that attain no greater than 16.5 toes (5 m) above the Martian floor. The Perseverance rover will keep a protected distance away and snap pictures of Ingenuity’s check flights because the helicopter takes its personal footage from above. 

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