When:Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where:Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey, California
Target Audience:Teachers for grades 4-12
Participants will explore force and motion in the design of small, rubber-band-powered rovers that engage students in the engineering design process. Students design and build a rover out of cardboard, determine how to use rubber bands to spin the rover's wheels and improve their design based on testing results.
- Pre-registration is required.
- This workshop is FREE for all pre-service and fully credentialed teachers.
- Participants are required to bring in their teacher or student ID the day of the workshop.
- Lunch will be provided.
This free workshop is offered through the City of Downey Columbia Memorial Space Center, a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, in partnership with NASA/JPL Education.
Can't attend the workshop? Explore these standards-aligned lessons online!
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Time 30 mins - 1 hr
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Time 1-2 hrs