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Grade Level: 5-8
Science Education Standards: Science as Inquiry -- Content Standard A
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
- Understanding about scientific inquiry.
Science and Technology -- Content Standard E
- Ability of technological design -- students should develop the abilities to identify a simple problem, propose a solution, implement a proposed solution, evaluate a product or design, and communicate a problem, design and solution.
- Understanding about science and technology -- scientists and engineers often work in teams with different individuals doing different things that contribute to the results.
Short Description: One important tool used by modern planetary scientists is a lander. In this activity, students model a mechanism for safely delivering a lander to the surface of another world.