After a long break... Analogue Mars Garden
I've been working with a startup as a designer. I build analogue mars garden for education purposes in Istanbul / Turkey. In the mars are, children aged 4~14 is learning about mars, hydroponic farming, space in general, robotics, stem and other cool stuffs. We have 3 mini mars rovers that we designed. I decided to paint our walls to make the place more fun for children.
I made general shape of mountains and rocks out of foam with knife, and covered it with plaster and sprinkle sand on it to make it look more natural. Also the sand application gives them a sandpaper look and feel, this helps rovers to grab onto them and operate more smoothly. We have LDR sensors on the ground , children will control the rover and its laser to make the operation quest successful. When the rover laser pointed at the sensor , bright leds are triggered and the mission completed. Real opportunity rover has its laser on its head and digs the soil with it, we tried to replicate the mission for children in a safe environment.