Engineering Challenge

Learn, explore, design and problem solve in this unique learning experience from COSI videoconferencing. In this program, students work together to counter the issues with bringing human life to the Red Planet. Additionally, students will work on real engineering and design solutions for issues currently facing the Mars Curiosity Rover.


  • Run Time: 45 Minutes

Academic Standards

  • MS-PS2-2 Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
    MS-P2-5 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.
    MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • Pricing & Details

    $225 per connection (this includes one kit of program materials).
    Kits include materials for 30 students. Additional kits may be purchased for $65 each. Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for possible discounts when making multiple reservations.

    Included Kit

    Most materials for pre- and post-visit activities are included in the kit.

    Non-included materials needed are art supplies: craft stick, pipe cleaners, cardboard etc. Pen and paper activities: Earth vs Mars comparison, Packing for Mars, Know Your Rover and Human Programming.

    Included materials activities: Design Challenge, Racing Against Friction, Fine Motor Skills (electric motor).

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