Lunar Landing Module

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Lunar Module

We have been busy wrapping up a few science experiments from last year…and our latest creation is creating a Lunar Landing Module.

This experiment was found in the Apologia Notebooking Journal that accompanies their Astronomy Young Explorers Text book by Jeannie Fulbright.

We had such a fun year with our Astronomy lessons last year, we are really looking forward to this year’s lessons in our new studies.

This is how we made the lunar landing modue:

 

Supplies:

  • Cardboard box – cut out (one) 5×5 cardboard square
  • Paper Cup
  • Index Cards
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Craft straws

Two Versions

We made two versions to identify the best way our astronauts could land on the moon.

Lunar Module 1

Version 1 of Lunar Landing Module

We attached the cup to the cardboard square(platform).  After the cup was secure, we attached the straws to the bottom of the platform and had the index cards out ‘beside’ the platform.  This version did not work very well.  It toppled over side ways very easily.

We decided – this would not be safe for our astronauts.

So, we built ……

Version 2 of Lunar Landing Module

For version 2, we attached the cup to the cardboard square(platform).  After the cup was secure, we attached the index cards to the bottom of the platform.  Then, we took the straws and attached them to the inside of the index cards for stability.

This Lunar Landing Module worked much better….and has been a ton of fun

What Fun have you had with your Science Curriculum lately?

 

 

Rebecca

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Comments

  1. We have been watching updates from Curiosity on Mars. Maybe we should make a Curiosity model! Thanks for the idea!

  2. homeschoolchris says:

    Wow what fun and a great way to encourage their imaginations. Are you going to go on and study the Mars landing? NASA has some great pictures and lots of inspiring information. Do your children read any science fiction? When I was a lot younger those were my favorite books and I love going back through them to see where we have done the things they only dreamed of.

  3. Oh my goodness! What FUN! And what learning.