Dave Niemeyer
4 years ago
Last Updated
3 years ago
This is a fun project. Students will create rockets of their own and launch them. They will be in competition to get the highest altitude achieved. Along the way they will learn many skills in CAD software, printing parts on a 3D printer and mathematics skills of plotting various quadratic equations on a graphical calculator.

The software tool used in this project is Solidworks but students create their parts for their rockets in 3D on any 3D CAD software of their school's choice. Students will create a rocket base including the fins and the nose cone. The nose cone uses an equation for parabolas to create each side of the nose cone shape. They then print the parts and assemble the rockets including a commercially available hobby model rocket engine.

This unit is brought to you by Dave Niemeyer (CTE) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gregg Witkin.
Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
  • Manufacturing and Product Development Manufacturing and Product Development
K-12 Subjects
  • Mathematics
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

It IS Rocket Science! (CTE)

Design the Rocket Base (CTE)

Design the Nose Cone (CTE)

Blast Off! Launching the Rockets (CTE)

It IS Rocket Science - Intro to Parabolas (Math)

Rocket Launch - X-Intercepts and Vertex of Parabolas (Math)

Graphing Form of a Parabola in Desmos (Math)

How High Did It Go? Launching the Rocket (Math)