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Hack The Martian Contest & Resources

Mars hopper artist renditionHack him back! Why just watch The Martian when you can participate in a design contest (and possibly win $25,000) to help marooned astronaut Mark Watney, track his progress on interactive maps, or download free activities to incorporate space science and engineering in your classroom?

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Activity: Straw-Rocket Aeronautics

straw rocketIn this short fun activity, students of all ages learn about rocket stability by constructing and flying small “indoor” paper rockets, then analyzing flight data and interpreting the results.

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Lesson: Balloon Aeronautics

balloon1In this lesson, teams of students in grades 4 – 8 learn about basic aerodynamics by constructing a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide-string. They use this model to learn about Newton’s three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket.

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