The Moon, Mars, Tahoe Donner and beyond |

The Moon, Mars, Tahoe Donner and beyond

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Silicon Mountain next week will welcome The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology Faculty Advisors from the NASA Human Powered Rover Team to present: “Pedaling to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond.”

The advisers will present an overview of the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, which is an engineering contest to design, fabricate and race a human powered vehicle on a half-mile course, over rough terrain that simulates the surface of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

It is part of NASA’s directive to use educational resources to further research and development.

They will highlight the AACT Rover Team, which won 1st place, Best Rookie Team, Featherweight Award, and the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award.

During the competition, students were required to assemble their rovers, and then race them on the course with the fewest on-course penalties.

The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Pizza on the Hill in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee.

A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders and Freeside.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a network of technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Visit to learn more.

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