Applying the Engineering Design Cycle - Mars Rover Challenge

Engineers innovate by applying their knowledge, skills, and creativity to improve our future world. The engineering design cycle is a framework for thinking that can be broadly applied across all subjects and connects well to the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum. 


In this workshop, participants will explore a hands-on engineering and STEM activity that involves building and testing a “Mars Lander”. With the recent landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars, participants will get to learn a little about Mars exploration and have the opportunity to act as engineers to prototype their own “Mars Lander” using suggested materials. Participants will leave this workshop with a ready-to-go activity with modifications so that they can introduce engineering into their classrooms.

To Bring/Important Notes

  • Scissors

  • Tape / glue

  • Scrap paper

  • Writing utensils

  • Dixie cup

And any 3 of the following:

  • Foam sheets

  • Straws

  • Cotton balls

  • Foam marshmallows

  • Construction  or newspaper

  • Coffee filters

  • Paper plates

  • Cardboard

  • Index cards

  • Rope

  • Anything in your recycling bins!


Friday 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Marlee Hamilton

    UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering, and technology to youth across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized, and operated by UBC students. We endeavor to show program participants how fun, exciting and useful engineering and science can be.

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