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Kelly Hudson (khudson@steds.org)

(A3) How Do You Land a Rover on Mars? 🪂

Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Subjects: STEAM, Science

Student Instructions

The purpose of this activity is to learn how NASA engineers land rovers on Mars. You are going to build a parachute to land a rover on Mars. Your challenge is to build a parachute that will allow your rover to land safely on Mars (without breaking or losing parts). 1. Click the link to watch the videos (slides 1 and 2). 2. Build a parachute to attach to your rover. 3. Build a rover with Lego's. 4. Take a photo of your rover and parachute. 5. Take a video of you testing your parachute. 6. Improve your rover and/or parachute. 7. Take a photo of your improved rover and parachute. 8. Take a video of you testing your improved rover/parachute. 9. Repeat this process until you are successful. 10. Use your photos and videos in Shadow Puppet. Explain your original rover/parachute, your improved rover/parachute, the results of your tests, and the purpose of this activity. Save the video into your camera roll. 11. Click add to open the template. 12. upload your video to slide 1. Do not record over your video. Use the caption if you need to add information. 13. Click the green check to save.