Moon Rover – Magic Crate Activity

Hi!

This is a another magic crate activity which my daughter Santoshi loved – doing it and also what she ended up with. She was jumping with joy when the moon rover moved!!

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Here is the video.

This moon rover activity made Santoshi wonder about how it moved, why one side of the magnet stuck to the moon rover while the other pushed it forward, etc.  So, while this activity gets 9 on 10 for learning and the excitement it created, instructions and the kit quality get only 7 on 10 because of the following:

  • Instructions for ‘assembling the rover’s underside’ could have been more detailed. The parts are all symmetrical, which meant that I could not figure out which side should be up and which should be down. I don’t claim to be a smart cookie, but when the activity is targeted to six-year olds, I feel that the instructions could have been elaborate.
  • The antenna had too big a hole in the centre that the pole did not hold it. (you will see that neither our pics nor the video have the antenna because it was loose and fell off the assembly)
  • Camera which was to be inserted in the front of the moon rover was made of very thin cardboard so, in my opinion, its life is going to be very short.

Despite these minor limitations, the activity was fun!! Thanks Magic Crate!

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