Originally created by Karen Ostlund and Sheryl Mercier for an NSTA presentation, this activity is now offered for all grade levels. Many of the NGSS standards can be applied in this STEM challenge and all are listed on the cover and in the TE.
These activities can be used for a Science Night Challenge for all ages, an afterschool science club, or as investigations in the regular science class.
Students are challenged to design a paper helicopter or parachute carrying cargo to land on the surface of Mars, with the slowest rate of descent and the greatest accuracy hitting a target. They use mathematical, scientific and engineering thinking skills during design, testing and redesign of a parachute or helicopter.
Included in the packet are Teaching Tips, printable pages to use as full sheets or as folded note-taking booklets, student recording sheets, target, graph paper, science background reading, and a sample helicopter pattern.
NGSS- Next Generation Science Standards:
High School: HS-PS2-1, HS-PS2-3, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-3
Middle School: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2
Grades 1, 4, 3-5: 1-PS1-2, 4-PS3-1, 3-5-ETS-1-1, 3-5-ETS-1-2,