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Gaining Traction on Mars - Overview

Glenn Engineering Design Challenges

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Overview

SLOPE Test Facility Rover Wheel Curiosity Rover Rover in SLOPE at GRC

Gaining Traction on Mars

Overview:
SLOPE Test FacilityStudents will work in engineering design teams to create and test various wheel designs and materials on a standard test vehicle to determine which are most effective on a simulated Martian surface.  To understand how the test vehicle operates, students will explore the inner-workings that make-up the rover through four lead-up investigations.

Introduction video

 

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Standards

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed:

Rover WheelMS-ETS1 Engineering Design

  • MS-ETS1-1:  Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • MS-ETS1-2:  Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-PS2 Motion and Stability Forces and Interactions

  • MS-PS2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
  • MS-PS2-3:  Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.
  • MS-PS2-5:  Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

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Page Last Updated: November 5th, 2014
Page Editor: David Mazza