Launch It

Launching a rocket with a balloon�—that sounds crazy! The class brainstorms design characteristics of a rocket. Individuals build a balloon launcher and a rocket straw. Using the air stored in a balloon, the individuals launch their rockets to see if they can hit a target. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class develop competitions for the rocket's flight
  • Research other early rockets
Classroom Considerations

  • Younger pupils may need assistance with constructing the launcher so the straw stays in place
  • The lesson is part one of a six-part resource
Pros

  • The entire activity fits on the front and back of one page
  • The handout provides suggestions for redesigns if the rocket did not fly well
Cons

  • Based on the instructions and diagrams, most rockets will be nothing more than a folded straw
Common Core