It Really is Rocket Science Part 3

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Introduction

In this concluding lesson, students design, build, and launch a rocket made out of an empty 2-liter soda bottle and cardboard fins. A simulation program such as RocSim is introduced so that students can design a competition style rocket. Finally, students build a model rocket from a kit, insert a motor in it, and launch it with an electronic launch pad system.

Lesson Time

Depending on completeness of activities
100 - 300 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Design
Grade Levels
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Standards and Objectives

Standards

California's 2008 CTE Standards

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students apply the engineering design process by planning, building, and testing a rocket made from a 2-liter soda bottle.
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in using technological resources by creating a virtual rocket with RocSim software and launching it virtually.
  • Students will evaluate the safety and legality of launching a model rocket at various locales by researching and discussing FAA regulations, city codes, and model rocket launching instructions.

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