Project X-51

In a nose-cone to nose-cone competition, which rocket will prevail? Teams form rocket companies to design and build a rocket while competing against other teams in an economic challenge. The team that comes up with the best benefit/cost ratio wins!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have company teams develop a presentation that highlights their rocket and its performance
  • Make a connection to geography by having each team represent a country; prior to the launch, the team can provide details about the country's space program
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes learners have experience launching a water rocket prior to this activity
  • The construction phase is time consuming, so allow extra class time for this part of the exercise
Pros

  • The lesson plan provides a culminating experience to the rest of the activities in the Rockets Educator Guide
  • The activity introduces time and financial constraints into a design problem
Cons

  • None
Common Core