Applying the Engineering Design Cycle - Mars Rover Challenge

Engineers innovate by applying their knowledge, skills, and creativity to improve our future world. The engineering design cycle is a framework for thinking that can be broadly applied across all subjects and connects well to the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum. 


In this workshop, participants will explore a hands-on engineering and STEM activity that involves building and testing a “Mars Lander”. With the recent landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars, participants will get to learn a little about Mars exploration and have the opportunity to act as engineers to prototype their own “Mars Lander” using suggested materials. Participants will leave this workshop with a ready-to-go activity with modifications so that they can introduce engineering into their classrooms. 

Target Audience

teachers of K-9 (activity is adaptable for different grades)

To Bring/Important Notes

  • Scissors

  • Tape / glue

  • Scrap paper

  • Writing utensils

  • Dixie cup

And any 3 of the following:


  • Foam sheets

  • Straws

  • Cotton balls

  • Foam marshmallows

  • Construction  or newspaper

  • Coffee filters

  • Paper plates

  • Cardboard

  • Index cards

  • Rope

  • Anything in your recycling bins!


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach
    UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach


    UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of engaging youth across BC in exciting STEM programs. Our professional development events focus on integrating STEM activities into the classroom. Our programs will leave you with ideas, inspiration, and resources to further include STEM in your classroom.