Make a Mars Rover
Hosted by: Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Visit our Booth:
- Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 4th, 5th
The Challenge: Explore the surface of Mars and design the next rover to land there.
Time needed: 30 minutes plus 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to clean up
- Art supplies and found objects to build with. Objects can include paper towel rolls, scraps of paper, clean plastic tubs and lids, chipboard from cereal or snack boxes, straws, wooden skewers, string, pencils, glitter, etc
- Glue or masking tape
Setup: More than 60 years ago, people launched the first spacecraft and began exploring our solar system. NASA has explored Mars with rovers—robotic vehicles that explore planets. Today, planetary scientists and engineers at universities, research labs, and NASA centers explore planets, moons, and the sun with telescopes, robotic spacecraft, and landers.
Activity: Your challenge is to design the next rover to land on Mars! Begin by exploring the surface of Mars (www.girlscouts.org/SpaceScienceMarsTrek) and learn about NASA’s Missions to Mars (www.girlscouts.org/SpaceScienceNASAMissions). Think about what you’d like to discover and the tools it would require.
Next, gather a variety of objects to create your Mars rover and think about what those objects could represent. Objects can include items around your house such as paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, scraps of paper, straws, string, pencils, glitter, glue, tape, etc.
Now sketch your design on paper and assemble your rover!
When you’re finished making your model, explain to a family member how your rover works.
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing. Adapted from Step 4 of the Junior Space Investigator badge. Purchase the official Badge Booklet to complete all requirements and earn the badge.
Girl Scouts Women in STEM Coloring Book
When girls explore what women can achieve in a STEM career, they see the powerful connection between science and making the world a better place.
And she discovers how she can change the world too!
The new Women in STEM Coloring Book (PDF - below), highlights six amazing women who use STEM in their daily work, and showcases the wide range of STEM careers that help us build bridges, create apps, grow food, help people stay healthy, protect the planet, and more.
Now girls can get creative as they learn about careers and imagine their own STEM futures!
When you think Girl Scouts, you might think cookies, campfires and friendship bracelets. And sure, those things are all part of this exciting, life-altering journey, but there’s so much more to it!
Girl Scouts are big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models. They design robots, scuba dive, and improve their communities—and yes, they sell the best cookies on the planet.
The passion for all these things starts within a girl, and Girl Scouts of Central Texas is finding unique ways to support success for every girl, everywhere.
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