In an effort to engage kids of all ages in the latest developments on Mars, NASA released Mars Helicopter Game. It’s a coding game that allows children of any age to program their very own simulated helicopter to explore the Red Planet.
New NASA Video Game
Recently, NASA announced that the Mars helicopter Ingenuity would be the first robotic helicopter able to explore the thin atmosphere of the planet. Ingenuity would allow the exploration of various parts of Mars in a new way.
“The Mars helicopter is a technology demonstration mission designed to show that a small, lightweight helicopter can fly in the thin atmosphere of Mars,” a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory representative stated in an instructional video. Mars Helicopter Game helps bring that mission to life.
Kids will be able to design, fly and explore with their creation. All they need to get started is a computer and access to the internet. The game was developed using Scratch, a visual programming language. Students don’t need a Scratch account if they’d like to try the game, but parents can create a free Scratch account that enables children to edit and re-visit their project.
For parents who are not familiar with Scratch or coding in general, NASA’s site offers a simple step-by-step guide. Created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the site includes instructional videos that guide parents and children through every step of the process. The tutorials make it easy for kids and parents with or without coding experience to achieve success.
Once they’ve created the helicopter, kids can fly it, land it and even synchronize their helicopter with NASA’s version that is currently flying around Mars. They can also download actual pictures of Mars and utilize them as they navigate their helicopter throughout the planet’s atmosphere.
NASA’s new game brings coding to life in a way that’s appealing to kids interested in computers, space, gaming, or all of the above. Check out the trailer for NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter that will take off this month.