The 5 day unit overview of Planet Research and Straw Rocket launching which can be done inside and with household materials. This includes the research packet, the rocket instructions and the lesson plan.
My class had so much fun doing this!
First, they research the planet they want to visit and create a small scale version of the planet. Next they measure the distance of their planet from Earth in feet.
Then they create straw rockets and each teammate must meet all the research and building requirements in order to launch from Earth and reach their planet. They will then have to journey home. On the day of launch, the teams will compete against one another in order to complete their space missions fastest.
Short PBL utilizing math, science, research skills, collaboration, investigative skills and problem solving and of course a little friendly competition.