NGSS MS-PS2-1 – Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

In the below lesson plan, students apply Newton’s third law to design a moon rover and lander that lands on the moon!  Super simple and teachers can easily print and use the lesson plan worksheets.

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The first two activities help students to review Newton’s laws and forces acting on an object.  In the culminating task, students are asked to design, test, and redesign a moon lander and rover.

The final project gives students design constraints and asks them to reflect and retest their design.  Teachers should plan on the culminating activity as a 3-4 day project (unless students are working at home).  Minimal teacher prep is required and most of the materials given to students can be basic household items and things you have around the classroom.

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