George Lucas Educational Foundation

Science and Math Institute

Public, Urban
Grades 9-12
Tacoma, WA
Project-Based Learning

How Can We Successfully Land a Rover on Mars?

The classic egg drop experiment gets reinvented as a driving question for physics students to explore a real-world problem.

Suzie Boss
  • Project-Based Learning

    Projects That Work: Mission to Mars

    Physics students assume the role of aerospace engineers to explore the real-world problem of how to land a rover on Mars.
  • Community Partnerships

    Outside Experts Boost Project Authenticity

    Students are deeply motivated when they review their physics work with professionals in the field.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Staying On Task During Project-Based Learning

    Brief daily meetings give students working in groups the structure to hold each other accountable on long-term projects.