I’ve been making match head rockets for years as a party trick or to entertain the kids at a variety of events. If supervised, they are harmless and super fun physics and chemistry. In this product, I’ve converted that party trick into a safe and effective physics and chemistry lab. Students will create a collection of match head rockets and determine the effect of the mass of gas generated on the horizontal distance it flies.
Worried about safety? These rockets go out in mid-air.
I’ve even done them inside on the linoleum floors in
inclement weather. Just lay down a manila folder with a
doubled layer of foil under the launcher and you are ready to go.
This is a real lab with real data, not just a fun activity. The graph of class data is beautiful. It costs pennies per student. You get two versions of the power point presentation to drive the activity. One is for teachers who use student lab books,the other for those who do not. You also get student data forms, student lab sheets, an accordion folded instruction kit in non-text format, and teacher instructions. This is a 90-120 minute activity and can be done over two days.
• Hands on experience
• Cooperative Learning
• Teacher instructions and set up
• Reinforcement of difficult concepts
• Student handouts
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