Design a Martian mover

MUSEUM STAFF-LED

Years 3-6
Terms 3-4
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Minimum 15 students
Maximum 30 students

Science

School programs and resources

Students take part in a secret mission, gaining knowledge and skills with the aim of designing a vehicle back at school that could move over Martian terrain.

During the workshop, students explore the Think Ahead exhibition, themed around innovation, creativity and problem solving. They record visual and audio information using the app Book Creator on iPad. The students then challenge their own creative and critical thinking skills, designing a vehicle prototype with a specific purpose using an assortment of materials. Students use inspiration collected from the exhibition and the hands-on challenge to design their "Martian Mover" back at school.

Information collected by the students is sent to the classroom teacher for sharing and further research.

Design a Martian mover is presented in the Helen R Quinn Energy Lab, proudly supported by ExxonMobil Australia.

Curriculum links

  • Years 3-8 Science as a Human Endeavour 
  • Years 3-8 Critical and Creative Thinking 
  • Years 3-8 Technologies - Design and Technology
  • Years 5-6 Earth and Space Sciences – Solar System