Crater Catapults and Moon Science STEM

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Crater Catapults and Moon Science STEM

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Subjects: Engineering Design, General Science

Grades: Kindergarten - 8th

Resource Type: Stage 2 - Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 4 hours

Total Pages: 28

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Launch into a deep study of space rocks, the lunar surface, and craters that is sure to leave a lasting impact! In this comprehensive lesson, students use what they learn about meteors and craters to build a catapult that launches “research equipment” into craters. Worksheets are included to guide students through the engineering design process. Then, students create their own satellite with craters like our own Moon. Explanations of the types of craters, crater parts, most famous Earth craters, how they are formed and destroyed, and the different kinds of rocks that originate from outer space are included!

This is a great opportunity to incorporate current events with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing happening on July 20, 2019, and NASA targeting a 2024 mission to return to the Moon! This engaging STEM challenge is a fun way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program!

This packet includes:

  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources

  • Student handouts to guide them through the design process

  • Student recording sheet for each step of the process

  • Student worksheets to check comprehension of space rocks and crater knowledge

  • Answer key for all student worksheets

About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stage of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device.