From concept to design, Recruitment Outreach Vehicle - SIPI edition was created entirely from scratch by a project team consisting of UNM PhD candidate Jonathan West, SIPI alumnus Kyle Baker and Bradley Kaye, and senior student Emery Sutherland. The idea for a rover that understands natural language came from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who created a rover named ROV-E.

The SIPI rover chassis was entirely 3D printed in our manufacturing lab. As part of the TCU Summer Institute, four visiting tribal colleges built a ROV-S to take back to their respective schools and continue to develop and improve the design.

Day 1 ROV-S Render

Final ROV-S Render

Summer 2017 ROV-S design team from left to right...

Andrew Wright, Emery Sutherland, Bradley Kaye, Kyle Baker, Tomczak Billie.

Andrew and Emery are current SIPI students while Bradley, Kyle, and Tomczak are SIPI alumni returning as project mentors.

The rover chassis depicted above was designed in AutoCAD by the team members. The designs are roughly drawn from NASA's ROV-E rover which was made to inform people about mars. The purpose of this newly designed rover, called the ROV-S, will preform a similar function by going into schools and answering questions about SIPI as a part of the outreach program.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College students, Lance Abraham and Dane Allapowa, assembling the Arduino and motor control boards for their rover.

ROV-S gazes longingly towards Mars from his high vantage point

Cankdeska Cikana Rover and Turtle Mountain Rover playing in the fountain by SIPI's Science and Technology Building

Turtle Mountain Rover basking in the sun to warm his circuits

ROV-S's ancestor from the old west

Cankdeska Cikana Rover climbing a rock to witness the sunset on Earth