A Road Trip on Mars

A Road Trip on Mars

Project Lead the Way activities traveled to outer space when technology students in Brian Costello’s class at Great Hollow Middle School designed Mars rover vehicles.

The seventh-graders were tasked with designing a vehicle that could travel on Mars from base to base using just a few materials found at their base station. Powered by a balloon, the students worked in groups over a week’s time to develop a rover that could travel the straightest and furthest path to the next base station.

The rovers had to take into account the gravitational pull on Mars and must weigh in at less than 0.35 ounces. Equipped with balloons, straws, tape, rubber bands, wood skewers, wheels and styrofoam trays, the students tested their vehicles’ functionality on March 9.