RTA Students and Staff embarked on the first school wide STEM Challenge of the year.
- Students were divided in 5 different teams within their Homeroom Class: Green, Blue, Purple, Gold and Grey Team.
- Each team is competing for points which will go towards the RTA Science Olympics in the spring.
- Students will also have an opportunity to work as a larger team, joining different grades throughout the year.
RTA STEM Challenge #1
RTA School Wide Stem Challenge SOCT
The SOCT – The Single Object Collision Test
- RTA's first STEM challenge has been created in spirit of NASA’s recent DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) planetary defence mission - where NASA crashed a 610 kg (the weight of a car) spacecraft into the asteroid Dimorphos at a
distance of 10 600 000 km from earth.
- The DART Spacecraft was launched on the 24 November 2021 and crashed into Dimorphos close to
a year later September 26, 2022, the space craft was hurled into the Dimorphos as an asteroid
impact planetary saving device.
- Your team has been tasked with creating a 3 Popsicle stick gizmo that will be projected to an “asteroid”
(ball) that will be in the centre of your room.
- You will need to Brainstorm with your crew and plan
before you are given materials to build your gizmo and projectile device.
- Grades 5-6 need to hit the “asteroid”
- Grades 7-9 need to stick to the “asteroid”
Materials: • Asteroid 1 per class
Per group grades 5-9
• 8 popsicle sticks 3 must be made into the “projectile”
• 1 m of tape
• 8 popsicle sticks in total
• 2 elastics
Per group grades 7 - 9
• Small piece of Velcro 7- 9
Each team will have 2 attempts at success (NASA had only one and they had to wait a year to see if their single