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1. Choose an open area to perform the activity.
2. Choose a place where you will start commanding your rover (friend) and a place where the rover (friend) will finish.
3. Give your friend directions to move from start to finish. You may only use the words forward, backward, left and right to guide them.
4. When you successfully guide your partner to the finish line, repeat from the start line. This time you can use any words to guide them.
What Did You Learn?
Which took longer, using directions only or using any words?
Which way was easier for giving directions? Why?
Ask your partner--Which way was easier for following directions? Why?
Scientists control rovers on Mars using radio waves. Describe how this activity is similar to a scientist driving a rover on Mars.