Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM)

OSIRIS-REx Motorized Mobiles

Learners work in teams to create motorized mobiles of NASA's new sample return mission OSIRIS-REx. Traveling to asteroid Bennu in 2016, students investigate science goals, design features and engineering solutions unique to this unprecedented mission. Working in groups paralleling real NASA teams, learners create mini scale models of the OSIRIS-REx mission. Through a guided approach, teams utilize their simple and complex machine knowledge to make kinetic systems and create their own asteroid.  Teams then add a tech pack - tape circuit, battery base and tiny motor - to create an exciting mobile with emerging technologies. Throughout collaboration is emphasized and the project is scalable for all ages.