Parker Solar Probe

Toy Bricks Challenge

The Parker Solar Probe mission challenged the award-winning Mountaineer Area RoboticS (MARS) team to design and build a model of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft with toy bricks. More than a dozen middle school, high school and college students from the MARS team accepted the challenge and worked on a design under the guidance of physicists, roboticists, engineers and outreach specialists.

Model & Building Instructions

Use the Instructional Guide to access pictorial step-by-step instructions.

Instructional Guide

Use this spreadsheet to see all toy bricks needed to build the Parker Solar Probe model.

Parts List

Experienced toy bricks users can use this file to generate an editable Parker Solar Probe model building guide, modeling tool and viewer.

Design File

The student design team used LEGO Studio* to design and generate the Parker Solar Probe model building guide. For more information about this model and how it was designed, contact Earl Scime

*Note: Mention of any particular products or services on these pages does not constitute an endorsement of those products or services from NASA, the Parker Solar Probe mission team, or the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

About the Mountaineer Area Robotics Team

The Mountaineer Area RoboticS program is committed to advancing STEM education in Appalachia by mentoring kindergarten through undergraduate youth in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs. It works with dozens of FIRST LEGO League teams in north-central West Virginia and operates a high-school program that includes youth from four counties. Of the 30 to 40 high school students who participate in Mountaineer Area Robotics, nearly half were members of FIRST LEGO League teams. Working with the middle and high school students are over 30 adult volunteer mentors, including Mountaineer Area RoboticS alumni who are pursuing STEM degrees in higher education.

Learn more about the award-winning team: