In this design challenge activity, learners modify a cup so it can carry a marble down a zip line and also drop it onto a target. Learners are encouraged to brainstorm answers to design questions, build a prototype using simple materials, and test, evaluate, and redesign their structure. The activity guide includes troubleshooting tips. The related Leader's Notes guide contains information on how to connect this to NASA and aerospace engineering.
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