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In this Moon travel worksheet, students construct a simple rocket trajectory called the Hohmann Transfer orbit using a compass, string, paper and a pencil. Students solve 2 problems which include finding the number of hours it takes to travel to the Moon and determining the amount of fuel needed when a speed change occurs during travel.
Students observe a helicopter dart and a stomp rocket as they fly through the air. They compare how each is made, how they are propelled, and how well they fly. In groups they create and compare various flying "machines."
Turn those old water bottles, cans, newspapers, and cardboard boxes into cool new toys. Working in teams, children design and build rockets, robots, or animals out of a variety used materials. Consider asking the class to bring in reusable items from home to further engage them in developing environmentally friendly habits. A fun Earth Day activity that raises awareness about different ways to help preserve the planet.
Students are introduced to rockets and the space shuttle program. After viewing a 1960s show, they examine the role and history of NASA and how it evolved into having a space shuttle program. In groups, they create their own model rocket and see if it launches.
Students investigate the effect of thrust on rocket flight. They construct two paper rockets, one with a smaller exit nozzle, and compare/contrast the distances traveled by the rockets.
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.
Students obtain information concerning rockets and the use of them in space. They create their own rocket on the computer with the graphic choices on the website They write descriptive phrases about their rocket.
In this law of action and reaction learning exercise, students build a bubble powered rocket using a film canister, paper and effervescing tablets to create bubbles inside the canister of the rocket. The pressure inside causes the canister to pop and the rocket to go flying. Students observe the action and the reaction.
Young scholars investigate the effect that fins have on rocket flight. They construct two paper rockets that they can launch by blowing through a straw, one with fins and one with wings, and observe and record the results of the rocket flights.
Students investigate methods used by aeronautical engineers to keep rockets on target. After exploring the center of gravity and the center of pressure, students build water rockets. Students use various methods to design fins on the rocket. Students then fly the rockets at various angles to determine which performs the best.
Students complete experiments to determine how rocket fuel is affected by surface area and temperature. They compare the reaction rates of antacid tablets. They discuss their results to complete the instructional activity.
Students explore physics by participating in a flight experiment. For this rocket design lesson, students discuss the scientific process and how chemical reaction can create the energy needed to boost a rocket. Students utilize Alka-Seltzer, water and a rocket to perform their flight experiment.
Students describe the evolution of rocketry and the impacts of aerospace technology. They explain the basic principles of flight and basic physics of motion. Students design, construct, and launch a small rocket.
Students describe how temperature and surface area exposure affect the rate at which fuel is consumed. They explain why engineers want to know about the properties of a fuel when designing rockets. They create a bar graph of result data.
Fourth graders participate in a game reflecting the solar system, stars, and rockets. They simulate how space invaders move and hit stars and rockets. They discuss how scientists study the stars and planets.
Learners describe the action-reaction forces acting on objects. In this physics lesson plan, students investigate how the volume of air in the balloon affects the distance it travels. They collect data and graph their result.
Students observe a demonstration of Newton's third law of motion using a small wooden car. They discuss Newton's third law of motion and what happens to motion if the mass or acceleration is increased, construct their car, and record and analyze data after launching the car and observing the results.
Students create and launch their own paper rockets. They complete graphs to show distances. They discuss what modifications could be made to make it go further.
Pupils investigate how rocket thrust is generated with propellant. They listen to a teacher-led lecture, discuss Newton's third law of motion, answer discussion questions, and view photos of rockets and rocket designs.
Learners discover how rockets can reach a higher altitude by using staging. They use balloons to demonstrate this concept and then practice with rockets. They discuss the results to end the lesson.

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