For our last big project of the week, we designed moon rovers. The kids loved this bit of sneaky homeschool science lessons as I got to pull in a bit of physics with our astronomy work for the day.
Design a moon rover supplies
I pulled out our LEGO bins and figures and let them have at it.
Design a moon rover criteria
This time there was more than one test to check for our moon rovers, all of which is in the rubric. Moon rover criteria:
- Must be able to go down a four-foot board at a 45-degree angle and not break as it came down.
- Must be able to move at least two feet when Mommy pushes the moon rover (I was the person pushing so no one could be said to cheat and push harder or softer)
- Must be able to hold two people
- Must be able to hold cargo in it, and the cargo cannot fall out during any of the tests
- Must stay in one piece for the crash test
Designing our moon rovers
I quite happily left the kids building and testing their moon rover designs for quite some time. I set a 30 minute timer, and at the end I gathered them all together to test their moon rovers.
Testing our moon rovers
Unlike the previous projects this time we had some failures as I didn’t push things as carefully as they did in their testing. But, it gave them a chance to go back and improve their moon rovers. Which of course led to a happy afternoon of building LEGOS.
Come back tomorrow for our final Space Exploration Unit project, programming a robot. For that we played a fun game, Robo Rally.
Curious about more astronomy ideas? Then check out my astronomy pinterest board. Or see the rest of this series at Space Exploration Unit.
Ok now that looks like it was cool fun and I bet they didn’t even realise it was part of school!
It was a great way to sneak in some fun science.
maryanne @ mama smiles says
What a fun engineering challenge!
It was so much fun to see how they worked it out.
Lucinda Leo says
Loving all these space projects. Your homeschool looks extra fun lately!
Thanks! It was a super fun unit.
I love the testing aspect of these projects, and the fact they could go back and improve their design. Great science lessons!
Thanks! I figure if we’re going to make these projects they should have some kind of guidelines.
Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says
I love how you gave them specific requirements to meet! I have to think more on that!
It’s really helped for my kids to design projects that were more than just “Here’s my cool idea.”