Well the rover project has come to a close today. There are so many rovers my entire classroom was completely full. This was probably the best end of the year project I have ever done with a class. The rovers were so varied and creative from all of my students There should be many future engineers, and scientists coming from this generation.
My lesson culminated with building a rover, but first my students had to find out about Mars and pick a mission. They created a mission patch for their group and named their rover. They then went about creating their own Mars Rover. The had to stick to a $2,000,000.00 budget during the project. That meant that they could not purchase items from me that would exceed that amount. They could buy things like metallic paper, foil, NASA stickers etc. and my prices were greatly inflated! This meant that they had to use mostly recyclable items to build their rover. They used boxes, paper towel tubes, soda cans, plastic juice containers etc. I think they did an amazing job. We had a lot of fun the last few days!
If you are interested in this lesson to build rovers in your classroom I have posted it in my store at Teachers Pay Teachers. Here is the link: Mars Rovers Project