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Mars Mission Specialist: Payload Design

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A Mars colonization effort is underway, so supplies and payloads of various sizes must be sent into space! In these activities, students 3-D print payloads to fit onto solid-fuel rockets and calculate their mass to ensure the rocket can reach escape velocity and enter space. The teacher’s guide comes with setup instructions, background info, nine activities, and more revolving around aerospace and creating a successful payload.

There are two purchasing options available. The 44385 comes with rocket kits and engines and is designed for older students. This package includes:

  • Pellets of varying weight
  • Rocket kits
  • Rocket engines
  • Parachutes
  • Teacher’s guide

If you want to do the Mars Mission Specialist curriculum but want to leave the rockets for an older class, then the 44447 with no rockets is the package for you. This option includes:

  • Pellets of varying weight
  • Parachutes
  • Teacher's guide

Both packages serve up to 30 students.

Please note: A 3-D printer is required to complete the activity but is not included. A launch system is recommended to complete all activities within the guide.

Access the comprehensive Pitsco Rocket Kit Book for rocket building instructions, a short history of rockets, how to use the Pitsco LaunchGuard System, and much more! The Pitsco Rocket Kit Book is available for print here, or you can download a digital copy for free here.


Type: Multi-Student Project Packs Grades: 3-12