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Rockets

Students learn about engineering and design principles by designing, building, launching, testing and redesigning their own rockets. (Grades: K-2, 3-5 or 6-8)

• 3...2...1...Puff! (rocket stability)

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Students construct small “indoor” paper rockets, determine flight stability, and launch the rockets by blowing air through a drinking straw.

• Heavy Lifting (launching with payloads)

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Students design and build balloon-powered rockets with which to launch a payload to the classroom ceiling.

• Hero Engine (third law of motion)

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Students use the thrust produced by falling water to investigate Newton’s Third Law of Motion.

• Launch Altitude Tracker

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Students construct a launch altitude tracker and use it, along with basic mathematics, to indirectly measure the altitude achieved by rockets.

• Newton Car (second law of motion)

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Students investigate the relationship among mass, acceleration and force, as described in Newton's Second Law of Motion.

• Paper Rockets - Basic

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Students design and construct simple, three-sided rockets.

• Paper Rockets - Intermediate

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Students construct and launch paper rockets, evaluate their rockets' flight, and modify their designs to improve performance.

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Students design and construct advanced, high-powered paper rockets for specific flight missions.

• Rocket Launcher (for all paper rockets)

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Students create an air pressure launcher for use with their paper rockets.

• Water Rocket Launcher (teacher only)

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Instructions for building and operating a platform from which to launch water rockets used in student experiments.

• Water Rockets

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Student teams construct water rockets from empty two-liter soft drink bottles, and qualify their rockets for flight by conducting string tests.

• Wind Tunnel (performance tester)

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Students construct a wind tunnel to test the performance of paper rockets, and use data generated from the test to help them design better rockets.

• X-51 Project

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Students balancing science with technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as they design, construct, test, and launch rockets using a real-world problem-solving simulation.