From This Is How You Play
|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)|
|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|
|Presentation Style||interactive, student led|
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
- 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.
- 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
- If you are without eggs, then a inflated balloon next to a fist sized rock works just as well.
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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