Space Lander Mission

6th class learned all about the challenges of getting to Mars. We created our own space landers using an engineering design process that real world engineers use to create engineering designs such as rockets, airplanes, skyscrapers and computers. We split into groups and assigned a project manager, a materials manager, an engineer and a data manager. Before we began, we learned about shock absorption and stabilisation. We then reviewed the materials, brainstormed our ideas, designed our space lander and then finally, built the space lander.

Materials needed:

  • Small plastic cup
  • 10 miniature marshmallows
  • 2 jumbo marshmallows as the aliens
  • 6 index cards
  • 1 piece of stiff paper (4X5 inches)
  • 6 straws
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Once our space lander was built, we began our first phase of testing. We held our space landers at 30cm and let them land, if the marshmallows (aliens) stayed inside the cups, our mission was successful and we could move on to testing phase two. Here, we held them from 60cm, again if the marshmallows remained inside the cup, our space lander mission was successful.

We invited the Junior Infants in to design their very own space lander. Sixth class did a great job at explaining shock absorption and stabilization to them. In groups they made another set of space landers and tested them out.

Well done! 🙂




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