STEM challenge – Mars Rovers with forces

This week at Roughwood Primary, children in Year 5 and 5/6 have been invited to take part in a fantastic STEM challenge – as we learn about forces, the children had a design brief where their air-powered Mars Rover needed to:

-Travel at speed

-Make it to the desired location (Planet Mars)

-Have 4-6 wheels

Bonus criteria: Move over the craters on the surface.

Once designed, predicted the distance, launched and tested, the children collected data about the distance travelled, speed of travel in seconds, and then recorded their data on a line graph. Using science, design and technology and mathematical skills, the children were able to analyse what helped the Rovers to move the furthest.

Using rods, connectors and wheels, the children used K’NEX to develop and improve their models. Take a look at our fabulous achievements.

Such a fantastic day! Well done to all children.

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