Design and Technology: Moon Buggies and Mars Rovers March 2023

We enjoyed our challenge to design and make a Moon Buggy or Mars Rover. First, we needed to research these vehicles to learn about their features and functions. Next, we learnt how to make a sturdy chassis using a Jinx framework. After this we designed our own vehicles and produced annotated drawings of our ideas. We found making the vehicles quite tricky, especially as they were to be powered by an electric motor. We had to overcome lots of problems in order to get our vehicles moving! Having completed our vehicles, we tested them over different terrains – we tried carpet, the hall floor, the playground and even grass. Finally, we wrote detailed evaluations in which we reflected upon how well we had met the design criteria and what we had learnt.