STEM Space Lander Challenge (K-5)

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STEM Space Lander Challenge (K-5)

5.50

Subjects: Engineering Design, General Science, Space Sciences

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th 

Resource Type: Stage 2 - Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 4 hours

Total Pages: 37

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**K-5 Version** The combination of marshmallows (or ping pong balls) and aliens makes this a winning STEM challenge! With the Space Lander Challenge, student teams build a lander using the Engineering Design Process to keep two marshmallow "aliens" or "astronauts" inside a cup as it is dropped from various heights. Using straws, index cards, and mini marshmallows or cotton balls, students apply concepts of shock-absorption, drag forces, and stability, to create and test designs. A surprise ending challenge helps students learn from their failures too!

This product has 3 options that connect students to real world STEM! Follow the story line by choosing between aliens, the Moon, or Mars as a theme. This product includes handouts describing the Apollo and Artemis missions to the Moon as well as the exploration and future of humans on Mars! This is the perfect way to connect to current events in space exploration.

As with many STEM activities that are student-driven, this challenge can be tailored to students of various skill levels and abilities. As one of our go-to STEM challenges, we have used the STEM Space Lander Challenge in elementary through high school levels with great success!

Included in this product:

  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources

  • STEM Career Connections

  • Real-world STEM history and science handouts

  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process

  • Student recording sheet for each step of the process


Top Reviews

Engaged all students at various levels. It allows for students above grade level to set challenges for themselves and for students below grade level to still achieve the end goal without being overly difficult. Huge crowd pleaser! We have a staircase that goes from the 2nd floor to the basement we dropped from in the final round. - Kaitlyn K.

This was my favorite thing we did during Space Camp! -Melissa Roberts

As always, you ladies make the best projects. My students loved making their space lander. -Adrienne Ayala

Great lesson. It really challenged my students and matched what they are learning in the classroom. -Buyer