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Students explore rocketry using balloon rockets. They demonstrate how rockets can achieve greater altitudes by using the technology of staging. By using two inflated balloons that slide along a fishing line, they simulate a multistage rocket launch with thrust produced from escaping air.
Students discuss rockets and how they work. Students research basic information about the Space Shuttle. Students work in collaborative groups creating "rockets" with empty film canisters. Students launch their "rockets" and record results in their journal. Students change launch constituents in lab and re-launch "rockets". Students draw a diagram of a rocket and explain how it works. Extension:Students build model of the Space Shuttle.
Water or stomp rockets are great tools when you want to investigate gravity, the design process, and the way rockets work. Thrust your class into an active and engaging lesson as they first design paper rockets and then move onto a more complex challenge. Soda bottles, PVC pipe, and water will make for a fun afternoon at school.
If you know how to employ the exothermic reaction between hydrogen gas and oxygen gas to make a miniature rocket, then this worksheet is a fabulous lab sheet for your chemistry charges. First, they observe a spark in pure oxygen and one in pure hydrogen, then write out the corresponding chemical equations. Critical-thinking questions are asked about the combination of gases. Chemists work collaboratively to record flight distances and then compare results with other groups.
The first two slides set up the conditions for this "experiment on paper". A fun activity where students chose which of the rockets will fly higher in the situations given. Each slide is followed by an answer page and this presentation could even be used by 2 classroom teams to question each other. Velocity, mass and speed are considered in this activity and it also stimulates mental math practice.
Pairs of space scientists or junior physicists construct and deploy antacid-powered rockets. Through this activity, they observe Newton's Laws of Motion. The plan is detailed and well-organized. Resource links include professionally designed diagrams of rocket construction instructions and a NASA Quest explanation of rocket principles.
Students analyze elements of space travel. In this space travel instructional activity, students log on to Second Life and virtually explore rockets and other tools used in space travel. Students research manned space flights and discover which countries have space exploration programs. Extension activities are provided.
Students are shown how to change one of the variables that affect trajectory as they attempt to find the correct flight path to avoid airborne obstacles and take their rocket to its target. They recognize patterns within sumulations and make and test predictions. Students estimate angles up to 90 degrees.