Heavy Lifting (launching with payloads)
Students design and build balloon-powered rockets with which to launch a payload to the classroom ceiling.
Student teams receive identical parts with which they construct their rockets. Drinking straws guide balloon rockets up strings suspended from the ceiling. Teams compete to launch the greatest number of paper clips to space (ceiling).
The "Heavy Lifting" activity is from the Rockets Educators Guide. Although grade levels are suggested, small modifications will enable more complex activities to be used successfully with other grade levels for observation, demonstration or complete lessons.
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