Calvin Mars Rover Fundraising

Calvin Mars Rover Fundraising

From Sam Dare

Competing in the University Rover Challenge! Gifts go directly towards the team's construction of a fully operational mars rover! All donors' names will be engraved in a plaque on the rover! Donations not tax deductible.

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Update #5

8 months ago

Our rover drives now! See the link below for its FIRST action! We also got the chance to show it off at Cokes and Clubs on Monday!
https://youtu.be/lzoJfQKiW1U

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The Calvin Mars Rover Design Team was started in September of 2018 by freshmen Sam Dare and Fenton Lawler. Both had FIRST Robotics Competition experience. Sam had led team 4256 in St. Louis, Missouri, and Fenton had led team 503, in Novi, Michigan. Both felt Calvin College was seriously missing something from their engineering curriculum – extracurricular design teams. Fenton and Sam looked at a variety of college level design competitions, but they ultimately settled on the University Rover Challenge for a variety of reasons.

The team has now grown to include members from the college's chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, and business departments. They meet everyday in the Engineering Building with 20-30 regulars and over 75 official team members.

The University Rover Challenge is hard. It is designed, according to the Mars Society, to seem impossible to college students. Through hard work and dedication, though, such tasks are possible. Unlike a lot of other design challenges, this one more or less has the team completely redesign their project every single year, meaning it should stay fresh for years of Calvin students to come.

The Mars Rover Team was specifically created to compete in the annual University Rover Challenge (URC) hosted by The Mars Society. The Mars Society is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage space exploration and technologies. They hold this competition every summer at their analogue desert research station in Utah. The competition is to “Design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field” (The Mars Society). The competition is in its 10th year of operation, and has been attended by around 200 universities, including teams from Europe and Canada.

The URC was created for students to design, construct, and test a remote controlled rover capable of completing specific tasks. The rover will be judged by the Mars Society on its successful completion of these challenges. Challenges of past competitions include; a site survey task, a sample return task, an astronaut assistance task, an equipment servicing task, and a team presentation. Certain aspects of the rover have been consistent from year to year and will serve as principle design features of the rover; however, each year a new set of challenges is chosen.

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Sam Dare posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #7

Our rover drives now! See the link below for its FIRST action! We also got the chance to show it off at Cokes and Clubs on Monday!
https://youtu.be/lzoJfQKiW1U

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Sam Dare posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #6

Making tremendous progress! Lots of long hours by all the subteams! Video of driving rover coming soon! So many things machined! We have 3 weeks to go until the SAR video, so get a shirt and a mug today! We are over 30% funded and need YOUR help!

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Sam Dare posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #3

What a week! We have finished the electrical box, range tested communications systems, machined over 50 parts, finished t-shirt and mug designs,, acquired everything we need to drive the rover, and met an actual ASTRONAUT! We have been busy, and we will be busy for six more weeks. We need YOUR help! Mugs are $8, t-shirts are $20, and all proceeds go directly towards our rover!, so go get some!

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Sam Dare posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #2

What a week! We have finished the electrical box, range tested communications systems, machined over 50 parts, finished t-shirt and mug designs,, acquired everything we need to drive the rover, and met an actual ASTRONAUT! We have been busy, and we will be busy for six more weeks. We need YOUR help! Mugs are $8, t-shirts are $20, and all proceeds go directly towards our rover!, so go get some!

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Sam Dare posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #1

Machining is well under-way, and we have finalized a ton of design decisions! Attached is a render. ALSO, FLASH SALE ON MUGS!!!!! Get one for $8 for a limited time only!

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