Mars Rover Obsession

Not sure if you know this or not…I’m not really even sure if this is big news out there…but around here, the Mars Rover, Curiosity, and it’s mission to Mars, is pretty much all one of us talks about. It started a few weeks ago when Dave showed Andrew two videos on You Tube (this one and this one) and that was it. Andrew was a goner. He printed out photos to bring to his class. He drew diagrams of the landing sequence Curiosity needs to execute to safely land on Mars. He’s made two rover models out of cardboard boxes. And he uses the “Choice Time” he earns at the end of each day to watch more Curiosity videos (that time used to be savored for playing video games). He talks about Curiosity like it’s a person, a family member, a friend. It’s pretty stinkin’ cute, if you ask me.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on August 5th in the middle of the night. And we’ve decided to just go ahead and celebrate. Why not? And, around here, in order to properly celebrate something…you clearly need a banner to set the mood.

I wasn’t really sure how we’d make a Curiosity banner, but as soon as I started cutting triangles from cardstock, Andrew started recording the steps to the landing sequence on each one. The landing sequence is pretty amazing…you might want to check out the video on YouTube to see for yourself. And once I saw what he was doing, I decided to make a countdown section with orange cardstock and some fancy space travel stickers I have. (What?!? You don’t have fancy SPACE TRAVEL stickers?! Want some? Thought so.)

And there you have it! A Curiosity banner. :) We have more in store for our celebration, so stick around. And keep your fingers crossed that that rover doesn’t crash.


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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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10 Responses to Mars Rover Obsession

  1. Mama V says:

    love it! “curiosity” is a perfect name. will check out those videos when i catch a chance later.

    have you taken the boys to the intrepid to see the space ships? i plan to go soon. andrew might dig it!

  2. Terri says:

    That is aswesome!

  3. Mama V says:

    okay, just caught up with the video and… criminy! i’m so nervous about those 7 minutes of terror! i feel your excitement now, andrew! ;)

    • Robyn says:

      I’m a little nervous about it too. If that thing crashes, the folks at NASA will not be the only ones in tears! I’m pretty sure Andrew will be distraught.

      Fingers double, triple crossed!

  4. Melissa says:

    I love your banners! I was just thinking about how we haven’t made one in a long time.

  5. Miss Vicki says:

    Makes me wonder if the guys at NASA are as excited!!

    • Robyn says:

      I bet they are. ;)

      When Andrew completed his latest cardboard rover, he wanted to bring it to NASA so they could see it. Not sure they would see his pile of cardboard boxes the way he sees it. ;)

  6. kathy says:

    i worked at JPL…..yup, when they were first mapping the planet. i am a geek. i confess. i have a beautiful picture of mars that my group all signed. i love that he is excited about that. i am too, actually. i’ll geek out with him!!!

    • Robyn says:

      What?! Really?! I had NO idea you were such a geek, Kathy! That’s great! oooohhh….I should print him a map of Mars. He would love that. He knows the rover is landing at the Gill Crater. And…he’s pretty sure that all the rovers will find each other eventually. So…he doesn’t really understand how HUGE it is! :)

  7. MandiCrocker says:

    Consistently blown away by what a great mom you are, Robs.

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