Can We Take It With Us?

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Although intended for a Lunar mission, this activity works well for Mars as a destination too. Students work in teams to determine the maximum amount of payload that they can take on a mission. Students are given a container that represents the maximum weight allowed. They are also given a list of mandatory mission ratios, a double balance, 80 pennies, and an empty container to weigh their trial payloads. The team closest to the maximum payload weight without going over is declared the winner.

Tags: design process, mathematics, measurement

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