Once I gave a presentation on Mars Robots to 6 years and heavily anthropomorphized the robots. Then one of them asked when the robots would come home.
As the shock and horror spread across their faces, I realized that I had not adequately prepared for this lesson.
@susannah "We designed them to make Mars their forever home!"
@susannah I thought it was really interesting that one of Perseverence's first tweets on Mars called it "my forever home" and I did wonder if this was like expectation management for kids.
@susannah "they are home, one day we'll get to go visit them"
@susannah TBH I'm a full grown adult and sometimes I cry about the Mars rovers. Especially the rover singing happy birthday to itself all alone on a distant planet.
@susannah "The robots moved out to Mars to make it their home. If you study hard and exercise, you might get to visit them when you grow up."
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