The science behind 6th Grade’s egg landing devices
Did you see the photos of Middle Schoolers dropping Easter eggs in self-made landing devices, mimicking NASA’s entry, descent and landing technology? Looked fun, right? Behind the fun and the eggs we find quite a lot of scientific learning: What is a claim, what is evidence, how does the evidence support the claim? Which design was best in slowing down the egg and which design offered most protection for the egg, based on observation of the data gathered? What scientific law explains that? And - most importantly - what to learn from failure: What were the probable sources of error, what impact did they have on the data, what change in methods could be implemented in the future to overcome those failures?