Robotic Mission to Mars

After completing a pre-mission training program and site selection activity, students take on the roles of scientists and engineers in Mission Control to complete a mission and collect data for further analysis.  The program can be accessed remotely via the internet, or students can conduct their mission as part of a VSSEC-based experience. This program is the outcome of a collaboration between VSSEC, The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at Sydney University, Monash University, (School of Geoscience,) and the ACRI Games Technology Lab at La Trobe University. Students, working as scientists or engineers

  • drive a remote robot on the VSSEC Mars surface.
  • work as a team to analyse scientific data about the surface.
  • Outreach program only available to Victorian Government Schools


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Full-day, @VSSEC (9:00am – 3:00pm)


School-based- Outreach

24 students maximum, 12 minimum


$32 per student  (plus GST)   @ VSSEC

$300 per class (plus GST)  for school-based program / Outreach

Please ask whether your school is eligible for a subsidy


Years 9 and 10.

May also be run at school; apply to VSSEC for information.

Please find pre-mission material for the Robotic Mission to Mars Program here

Preparing for your visit, essential information.

Teacher Instructions.

Robotic Mission to Mars Australian Curriculum