Engineering Rover Landings

This is a fun take on the tried and true egg drop experiment that allows students to engineer a delivery vehicle that successfully lands an egg on a hard surface below.

Looking for less mess? We used Drop N Tell indicators from inside of plastic eggs. The team there was kind enough to mix and match different levels of difficulty in triggering the indicators, which allows students to start off easier and build into the activity.

Merging the egg drop with rover drops is a fun and easy way to bring in space science, history, talks about current events and how real life scientists work. We have worksheets to guide the students in this activity and others in our Mission to Mars Activity bundle, with a Mission to Mars lab book if you want to add to the activity by designing rockets to get those rovers to Mars!

Once your students have landed their rover they can drive it through one of our programmable paper rover courses that is FREE! A second course is available in the activity bundle!

Check out our supporting videos for this unit:
Pencils vs. Pens in Space
Hot vs. Cold in Chemical Reactions
What makes an acid-base rocket blast off?
The importance of funding science
Alien life on other planets and moons
Engineering rover landings
Check out our YouTube Channel
Subscribe to our channel
Report this Resource
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up