Space travel has captured imaginations for generations. Combine creativity and problem solving to construct a 3-D spaceship. Plan a voyage that’s out of this world!
Could life exist on planets other than Earth? In other solar systems? What would it be like to travel to these planets and search for life? What would your spaceship need to take you into space and deliver you safely back home again? Work in small groups to design a ship for space travel.
Carefully plan each aspect of your trip into outer space. Design your spaceship to meet all the needs for your trip. Do you need a rocket booster for take-off, landing gear for smooth landings, an extra room for any guests you pick up during your travel? Be creative when deciding on the functions for and decoration of your ship.
Decorate several Crayola Neon Color Explosion® Papers using Neon Color Explosion Markers. Use them to build your 3-D spaceship. Select different marker tips for various effects. Decorate both sides of the paper.
Add dimension to make your structure look realistic. For example, cut thin strips and wrap them around a marker barrel to make curls. Make cuts along the edges and fold up fringe so color on the back side shows. Use chenille stems to connect parts or make antennae. Attach foam pieces for details and decoration. Glue and tape your spaceship together. Air-dry before handling.
With your group, prepare an oral presentation explaining your travel plans, design criteria, and spaceship features.
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