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Y-Tech - Walking on Mars

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MIT Manukau

Davies Avenue

Auckland, Auckland 2104

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Join us as we Walk on Mars! With NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, take a glimpse of the Europa mission and the quest to find life in our solar system; look at the history of Mars exploration; dive deep into the challenges to land NASA's rover [Curiosity] on Mars; and embark on a live tour of JPL Pasadena lead by Tom Soderstrom, CTIO. Get to see some of NASA's newest technologies and understand the impact it can have in space, and on earth. Enter NASA JPL mission control and space craft replica center whilst learning about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing, and drones. Explore STEM opportunities with Dr Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl. For all high school students in Auckland. With NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CreateOps, NZTech, Nanogirl Labs, Datacom, TechWomen NZ, Manukau Institute of Technology, and Microsoft NZ.



Outline of the day:

9:30 | Registrations
10:00 | Formal welcome onto campus for invited guests. Gus Gilmore - CEO MIT/Maori elder
10:15 | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mars Mission
o Glen Willoughby (Advisor Digital IT – NASA JPL)

  • Background of JPL and links to New Zealand

  • Curiosity mission

  • Insight mission

o Tom Soderstrom (Chief Technology and Innovation Officer – NASA JPL)

  • VC link to Pasadena

  • Visit space craft build room

  • Visit space craft replica room Voyager to Insight.

o Glen Willoughby (Advisor Digital IT – NASA JPL)

  • How the exploration of space helps humanity here on earth

o Hololense and Mars experience, including Buzz Aldrin NASA Mars experience
12:00 | Lunch and experience the latest technology

1:00 | Exploring STEM Opportunities with Nanogirl, Dr. Michelle Dickinson
2:30 | MIT presents pathways
2:40 | Opportunities with Microsoft
2:50 | Taking the Next Step and Future Opportunities - Edwina Mistry



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