I started building CJ when the library I work for, Contra Costa County Library, decided to have a space theme for the summer reading program and planned 6 events called Exploration Stations. I committed to building a Mars Rover model and bringing it to each of the events. This was in March 2019. I was lucky enough to find Roger's Sawppy the Rover project and spent many hours researching and building my own rover, CJ. My goal was to build a working model based on Roger's projects and then continue to make changes to make CJ more resemble Curiosity, and hopefully add additional features.
As people have heard of CJ, we have had additional requests for events and I hope to share them here as they are scheduled.
Currently, CJ has a
- mast with a 'working' ChemCam (works as a webcam)
- RTG that contains the control panel for all of the electronics
- UHF antenna
- High-Gain antenna
- Accurate leg medallions
CJ finds a book at the El Cerrito Library!