Design a Crew Exploration Vehicle

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This Design a Crew Exploration Vehicle activity also includes:

Make a splash from space. Participants use the engineering design process to create a waterproof space exploration vehicle capable of an upright landing. Young engineers test and modify designs as needed and participate in a group discussion at the end of the activity.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Organize learning community into collaborative teams before beginning
  • Have groups complete a gallery walk of models, leaving sticky notes with helpful suggestions about each design
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow extra materials as needed for testing
  • Activity uses water, so be prepared for spills
  • Background section provides a real-world connection to NASA projects
  • Includes video links of splashdown tests to engage pupils
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