In this engineering design challenge, students will use what they know and can investigate about gravity, motion, and forces to design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two "astronauts" when they land.
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We suggest the following considerations
• Make sure the cups are medium to large and plastic (heavy)—you want the capsule part to be heavier than the cardboard platform, making the entire setup top-heavy.
• The cardboard platform shouldn’t be too big or heavy. Small paper plates work well.
• Rules: they can’t put anything over the top of the cup to hold in the marshmallows; this includes rubber bands. (No putting “seat belts” on the astronauts.)
• Both marshmallows need to remain in the cup when the lander is dropped from about 6 feet, five times in a row. Once your patrons have completed the challenge, try a "how high can you go" contest!
Spanish Language Activity Link
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio: Scouting for Safe Landing Sites on the Moon
Design a spacecraft
Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test Landing
Mars in a Minute: How Do You Land on Mars?
How Will NASA's InSight Spacecraft Land on Mars?
The Moon Landing
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Space travel by Jerry Stone and Peter Bond
How to be an astronaut and other space jobs by Sheila Kanani and Sol Linero
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