Roving on the Moon

This Roving on the Moon activity & project also includes:

Build a rover for pennies in a fun-filled activity! Young engineers design, build, test, and evaluate a lunar rover model. Using rubber bands, plastic straws, and cardboard, teams collaborate to make a rover model with spinning wheels. Scientists learn the engineering process while refining and improving designs. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Organize participants into groups before the activity for seamless transitions
  • Host rover races to test and evaluate team designs
Classroom Considerations
  • Gather materials ahead of time; consider asking colleagues for leftover cardboard
  • Construct sample rover before beginning the activity 
  • Provides step-by-step instructions to guide scholars
  • Hands-on experience fosters problem-solving skills 

Common Core