Parachuting onto Mars
Students will work in a team to design, build, and test a drag device. Teams may only use materials provided, and must connect to a team-built cargo bay that is assembled using the template provided. The overall mass cannot exceed 50 grams. The drag device must have at least five separate angled edges (rounded edges are allowed, but one big circle is not allowed). The drag device must protect the weighted cargo bay when it is dropped from a height of 1, 2, and 3 meters. Final Product: Student teams will produce and submit a video featuring the steps of the engineering design process they followed to create their team drag device to slow the descent of a space craft or probe.