Aerokats & Rover Education Network (AREN)

Organization(s): Wayne RESA, NASA GSFC Wallops Flight Facility
Funding agency: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Program: Science Activation
HRI Role: Evaluation

Project Description
The AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) is a research and design project aimed at broadening participation in authentic STEM experiences through a variety of pathways. The AREN project aims to implement widespread use of two low-cost technologies, AEROKATS and ROVER, with formal and informal science education audiences. The AEROKATS technology consists of a kite with attachments for aerial imaging and sensors. The ROVER technology refers to a remote-controlled watercraft (AquaROVER) or a land-based version (TerraROVER), both of which can collect a variety of types of data. The project’s ultimate goals are to increase the scientific literacy and STEM capabilities of students and adults and to encourage them to become part of the next generation of STEM professionals.

Evaluation Services
HRI’s evaluation includes giving feedback on the quality of project’s activities and products. HRI is also examining the impacts of AREN on participants.