Individuals design and build a set of shock absorbers to protect their astronauts when they land. Using a limited amount of supplies, pupils build a system that will keep two large marshmallows from flying out of a cup when it lands after being dropped. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide more materials and see if it is possible to protect the astronauts from higher drops
  • To add more of a challenge, replace the marshmallow astronauts with an egg
Classroom Considerations

  • Some may want to use a parachute; remind them that the Moon does not have an atmosphere to allow a parachute to work
  • This is part two of a six-part series.

  • The resource contains a career connection
  • The leader notes contain questions to ask to wrap up the activity

  • There is no assessment to determine if pupils understand the concept