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Ms. Depner

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Make a Rover Lander to Land on Mars

Learning Target: I can brainstorm and make a lander to safely land the rover robot As we know, all spacecrafts in space move at incredible speeds. A spacecraft going to Mars can move at 21,000 km per hour! To land gently, the spacecraft needs to slow down before touching the surface. How will you build your lander? 1. Watch the video 2. Next, you will brainstorm some ideas of how you will build your lander 3. Show the teacher your idea and then get your materials and start building! 3. Once you have made your lander, test it out. Did it land without the rover falling out? 4. Take a describing your lander 5. Then as a class, we will see whose lander can drop the highest without the rover falling out. 6. When you are done, click the button

5th Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, Science
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Lesson Plan from NASA: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/touchdown/ BIG IDEAS: Grade 3-Wind, water, and ice change the shape of the land Grade 4-The motions of Mars and Earth cause observable patterns Grade 5-Earth materials and Mars materials have similarities and differences CURRICULUAR COMPETENCIES: Observe and record findings Identify patterns and connections CONTENT COMPETENCIES: Differences between Mars and Earth materials How Earth and Mars' rotation is different and the effect this has on each planet