Mars lander

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Mars lander
Age Range 5-8 (grades 1-2), 8-11 (grades 3-5), 11-14 (grades 6-8)
Group Size small (1-5), medium (6-20)
Setting outdoors
Setup Time medium (6-30 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min), long (31 min - 1 hr)
Subjects physics, astronomy, engineering
Key terms mars, force
Materials recycled materials, bubble wrap, straws, balloons, paper, tape, packing peanuts, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls
Alias egg drop
Presentation Style interactive, student led

Brief Description

Students will create a vessel for an egg and drop it from a high spot. This requires students to engineer protective enclosures in the same way NASA scientists created mars landers.

This Is How You Play

  1. Gather supplies to create the lander. This includes stiff structure and soft cushions. These materials include bubble wrap, tooth picks, dowels, packing peanuts, balloons, paper, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, straws. Tape is needed to secure all the materials together.
  2. Students put one egg in the center of their structure. They goal is to protect their egg from cracking during a high fall.

If you don't have an egg

  1. If you are without eggs, then a inflated balloon next to a fist sized rock works just as well.

Variations

Variations for Older Students

  • You may want to limit the amount of materials that can be used. For example, each student gets a standard set of materials that's the same for everyone.


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