Mars Robotics Laboratory

The Space Foundation’s Mars Robotics Laboratory provides a unique experience in one of the largest labs of its kind in the world. The simulated Martian terrain offers a chance for participants to program robotic rovers to complete mission objectives individually or in teams.

The Mars Lab uses LEGO® NXT equipment and MINDSTORMS® software to simulate lifelike Mars rover missions to:

  • Teach communication and collaboration skills
  • Hone creative problem-solving skills 
  • Increase team engagement 
  • Deliver a hands-on component to lessons about Mars and space exploration
  • Develop interest and skills in robotics


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The standards-based courses, which are taught by accredited Space Foundation instructors, are custom-designed to support classroom curriculum. The Space Foundation education team works with teachers before and after the Mars Robotics Laboratory session to ensure that each class supports learning objectives in the classroom.

Missions can be run that support any part of school curriculum, including science, technology, math, language arts, physical education and social studies or we can custom-design a mission for you and your students.

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Contact us to Schedule Your Visit

The Mars Robotics Laboratory is open to school groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, church groups, educators and corporate groups for team building opportunities at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

For information on scheduling an event and pricing, please contact the Space Foundation via email at [email protected] or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.

Reservations required!


Read more about our standards-based Mars Robotics Laboratory missions.