Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.
A team of astronauts has just landed on Mars, but the astronauts cannot leave the base
because some of their equipment was damaged beyond repair during entry.
Fortunately, the air locks are still working and a probe can leave the spacecraft. The
goal of this mission was to bring back rock and soil samples. Even with the problems
on entry, NASA believes that with some ingenuity back on Earth, the mission can still
be a success. The flight director has given everyone who is willing to work on the
problem back at home the manifest of the spacecraft with the goal to create a working
probe. The probe will need to be able to collect samples from up to 50 meters from
the ship. As a low-level data analyst, you are eager to show your willingness to help out
with the mission. Using the manifest, build a prototype of a probe to present to the
NASA flight director. The winning design will be sent to Mars for the astronauts to
build. You've always thought you deserved a better salary. This is your time to prove
your worth! Good luck!
• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.
• The slideshow presentation (PPT and Keynote) allows the teacher to facilitate the pacing throughout the project.
• The teacher lesson plans include TEKS and NGSS standards alignment, and step-by-step directions on what the teacher and students should be doing along the way.
• The student notebook will guide the student through the activity. The questions will challenge students to learn new information, reflect on learned information, and provide the students a framework for the entire project.
• Each lesson is written using the Launch process. Students are going to be brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on failures and opportunities. At the end of each project, we’ve asked the students to share their ideas with the world. This holds students accountable. They will put forth the best effort knowing other students could critique the project.
What Supplies Do I Need?
Each product contains a list of suggested supplies for the project. We were very cautious about choosing inexpensive items. This project has a suggested supply list that includes: Bottle caps from water bottles or other plastic bottles, Cardboard, Toothpicks, Paper, Paperclips, Pipe cleaners, Straight pins, Large buttons, Small plastic spoons, Small Dixie cups, Popsicle sticks, Glue, Tape, Toilet paper rolls, Baggies
The supply list is dynamic and can be adjusted to your situation.
NGSS and TEKS Standards
Aside from the engineering components of this project, students will be learning about the future of space exploration and its limitations.
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
Other STEM Challenges
Project: Rocket Launch - Create Rocket That is Ready for Launch
Project: Birdman - Design a Bird Beak for a Feeding Frenzy
Project: Electric - Design a System to Harness Wave Energy
Project: Hurricane Defender - Build a Hurricane Proof House
Project: Inhabit Mars - Build a Landing Device for Mars
Project: Lunar Base - Design a Lunar Colony
Project: Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load
Project: Save the Oceans - Design a Device to Clean the Oceans
Project: Skydive - Design a Parachute For Your New Business
Project: Thrills - Design A Fast and Furious Roller Coaster
Project: Wind and Sky - Create a 21st Century Turbine
Project: Explore Mars - Create a Space Probe for a MARS Mission
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