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Diagram of a moon lander experiment for kids.



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Informal Education


Engineering Design


Lesson Plans / Activities

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.