Intro to the Martian Lander Project (pg117)

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Today we began our “Martian Lander Project,” which is a modern take on the age-old egg drop experiment. The goal of the project is for students to design a spaceship that can land an egg safely after a drop of 5 meters. This is equivalent to a drop of 13 meters on Mars. We imagined each egg as a capsule containing a team of astronauts that must land safely on the Martian surface. And of course, the goal of our experiment is the same as its real-life equivalent: minimize the force of impact.

But there’s a twist. The winning team will be the group who accomplishes the goal (protect the egg!) at the lowest possible costs (each material will have a set price). Students were introduced to the project today and went through the PowerPoint above. Tomorrow they will build their Martian Landers. The following day we will test them. And the last two days of the project we will work on our lab reports.

To see the entire 5-day project, please click here!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object. Emphasis is on balanced (Newton’s First Law) and unbalanced forces in a system, qualitative comparisons of forces, mass and changes in motion (Newton’s Second Law), frame of reference, and specification of units. Assessment is limited to forces and changes in motion in one-dimension in an inertial reference frame, and to change in one variable at a time. Assessment does not include the use of trigonometry.
Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. Examples of practical problems could include the impact of collisions between two cars, between a car and stationary objects, and between a meteor and a space vehicle. Assessment is limited to vertical or horizontal interactions in one dimension.


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