National Geographic created a new STEM toy, which is a model of the solar-powered Mars Rover. The kit is priced at $29.95 and it features wooden parts that were laser cut, as well as a solar panel, gears, sandpaper, and a guide. The guide also contains information pertaining to lunar exploration, as well as the step by step construction process of the solar-powered Mars Rover. Like the real Rover, the model is also solar-powered and it is able to propel itself using the panels included in the kit.
Toys like this help children cultivate an interest in STEM fields and provide an engaging learning experience. Additionally, the inclusion of lunar exploration facts in the guide could pique the interest of children as they go through the construction process.
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