Travis Ranch School eighth grade science students recently participated in the “Mission to Mars” project to culminate their study of Forces and Motion.
The Trailblazers started by learning about the challenges that NASA/JPL engineers faced in order to land the Curiosity rover on Mars. From there, they built their own bottle rockets which launched into the air and ejected a prototype lander which housed a raw egg. Their objective was to land the egg “cargo” safely back on the ground.
The final part of the project was to create a professional business presentation with the goal of trying to obtain investment money to build their lander full-scale. Students presented to a panel of judges “Shark Tank” style. Several of the judges were community members ranging from entrepreneurs, to a Boeing rocket and satellite contractor, to a general counsel for a Fortune 500 company.