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About the DIY Project

Put your feet in shoes of an Aerospace engineer and build landing solutions for a rover. This rover is so desperate to wander on mars surface.

You will build an entry vehicle and explore how it helps a rover feel safe while landing on the surface of Mars. You will also perform experiments with parachutes and landing structures of a landing vehicle.

You will learn how to improve a failed vehicle design, and propose a solution to a problem faced by aerospace engineers worldwide.

If you are the one who likes to build new things, destroy them, and enjoy solving problems, this DIY project is for you.

Concepts Covered
Force Gravity Atmosphere Friction Combining Forces Collision Drag
Target Skills
Creative Thinking Self-management Critical Thinking
Industry Innovation Right to Space
Crafting Tools
What you get

You will get a DIY kit having numerous material to perform experiments, build, destroy, and rebuild parachutes, lander structure, and entry vehicle for a rover. Also, it contains Makershala App instructions, building guides, and engaging worksheets that you would never get bored of.

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Learner Reviews
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Pulkit Mehra
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!
Shailendra Sharma
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!
Mohak Gupta
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Andrew Price
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!


If a parent would leave a child with "The Mars Lander" project and it’s kit, a child would be able to do it alone. However, Makershala always recommend a parent or guardian to work with their child and take care of things he or she is tinkering with.
Child will build parachutes and lander structures of various designs and dimensions. As an outcome, child will combine best parachues and lander structures to buil a model of entry vehicle for a mars rover.
Kit will have material to facilitate learner’s for performing experimentations, build models, and use their creaivity to tinker around the design of parachutes, lander structures, and entry vehicle.
The project is suitable for children of age group 10 to 14. However, this project does not contain any age specific material, if a children of age group 7 and aove would like to explore concepts of middle school, they can also opt for this project.


About Makershala

Makershala is a Learning by Making ecosystem for kids from age 8-16 to help them discover their interests, develop future skills and deepen conceptual understanding. Makershala follows the Project Based Learning approach as its way of teaching in which kids work on authentic, real life & personally meaningful projects.

Kids work on these projects in different educational settings, namely; self-learning; online 1:4 Peer to Peer with a mentor; or in a school. Projects are categorized in different interest segments like Robotics, Coding, Electronics, 3D Printing, Animations, Photography, Machine Learning, Astronomy and many more.

Each project is mapped with classroom concepts, 21st century skills, UN sustainable development goals and interests/careers to not only focus on holistic development of a child but help them identify their calling by giving them exposure to problems that exist in the real world.

Why Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning has the potential to solve many of the learning problems we see today beyond foundational literacy.

  • Ownership: Learners have complete ownership on what they need to know to solve a problem and come up with the best solution in the best way. It can be a concept or a software tool or a skill. Kids involved in projects are never required to be told to study.

  • Interdisciplinary: Unlike traditional learning where subjects are taught in silos and learners develop a perception of liking or disliking a subject. In project based learning, the given problem is supreme and it may require to know something from maths, science and history together.

  • Experiential learning: We generally retain 75% of what we do as opposed to only 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read, hence PBL helps kids retain what they learn.

  • Lifelong learning: The most important gift that PBL gives to its learners is to make them lifelong learners as this is the most required skill to lead a good life, personally & professionally.

  • Skills & Knowledge balance: Project-based learning doesn’t focus too much on memorizing information, rather it equally demands practising life skills to be able to do better in projects.

How Makershala Works

  • Parents and Kids who wish to start their journey with Makershala, are suggested to pick one interest area of the child and then choose a plan.

  • Parents and Kids after enrolling in a course based on their interest are assigned a batch. Each batch has 3-4 learners and 1 mentor.

  • Each course has 6 guided projects and 1 challenge project.

  • During the project, formative assessments are conducted to evaluate learner’s knowledge & skills.

  • On completion of a project parents and kids get a learning report which indicates the skills and knowledge developed/displayed by them.

  • Kids also build their portfolio which showcases problems solved, solutions created, skills developed, knowledge acquired and technologies learnt.

  • Kids earn rewards in the form of badges, points and coins for their performance in a project, course and overall.

  • Kids are maneuvered to take up courses and projects from different learning segments to gain more clarity on their interests. This eventually helps them in picking up a career.