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Modeling Solar System Objects
Grade Level: K-4, 5-8, 9-12
LCROSS (Earth's Moon),
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Earth's Moon)
Science Education Standards: Physical Science
- Properties of Objects and Materials (K-4)
- Position and Motion of Objects (K-4)
- Motion and Forces (5-8)
Science and Technology
- Abilities of Technological Design (3-8)
- Understandings About Science and Technology (3-8)
Short Description: This guide has six activities that bring engineering and NASA's Moon missions to life. Some are applicable for elementary-aged students, and one is for high school students, but most are targeted for middle school students.
Challenge 1: Launch It
Design an air-powered rocket that can hit a distant target.
Challenge 2: Touchdown
Create a platform that can safely cushion "astronauts" when they land on a table near you.
Challenge 3: Roving the Moon
Build a rubber band-powered car that can scramble across the room.
Challenge 4: Heavy Lifting
Build a cardboard crane and see how heavy a load it can lift.
Challenge 5: On Target
Modify a paper cup so it can zip down a line and drop a marble on a target.
Challenge 6: Feel the Heat
Heat things up by building a solar hot water heater.
Source: PBS Kids