Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 3-8
Publication Year: 2009
Product Number: EG-2009-02-05-MSFC
Design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two "astronauts" when they land. In this challenge, students follow the engineering design process to do the following:
1. Design and build a shock-absorbing system out of paper, straws and mini-marshmallows.
2. Attach their shock absorber to a cardboard platform.
3. Use test results to improve their design.
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This activity is part of the On the Moon Educator Guide.