Fifth Grade

Champion Learners

Spacecrafts to the Moon!


Our challenge…

To use our knowledge about gravity, motion, and the engineering process to design and build a shock absorbing spacecraft to safely land our “astronaut” on the moon.

We were given the following materials to use:

  • A piece of card stock (approximately 4 x 5 in)
  • 1 small paper cup
  • 3 index cards
  • 1 regular marshmallows (aka the astronaut)
  • 10 miniature marshmallows
  • 3 rubber bands
  • 4 plastic straws
  • scissors
  • tape

We worked in partners to design, test, evaluate, and redesign! Here is a video of our presentations and final landings.

Which spacecraft do you think could with stand a two-story drop? 


  1. I think that you did a great job letting it so others could do this project at home.

  2. I think it was a good idea to leave the instructions so now others can do it too.

  3. I think it is amazing how you can make a landing devise with such little materials.

  4. Wow that is cool! It is crazy you can make things that land that well with barely any materials! That project was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing.

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