Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.
You are an aspiring rocketeer and have always wanted to build your own rocket. It is you goal one day to create a rocket that can leave the Earth's atmosphere, but you're still in the beginning phases of learning about them. The goal of this challenge is simple. Create a rocket that flies straight and high. You will need to research the basic designs of bottle rockets before designing your own. How many fins should it have? What is the optimal amount of water to put in the rocket? How will you ensure that it flies straight? How will you keep your rocket stable throughout the flight? Your teacher will provide you with the exact specifications of your project based on the launch apparatus they are using. You will have to come in under budget when building your rocket. Each decision you make will impact your bottom line. Let's get going. 3..2...1..blast off!
• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.
• The slideshow presentation (PPT and Keynote) allows the teacher to facilitate the pacing throughout the project.
• The teacher lesson plans include TEKS and NGSS standards alignment, and step-by-step directions on what the teacher and students should be doing along the way.
• The student notebook will guide the student through the activity. The questions will challenge students to learn new information, reflect on learned information, and provide the students a framework for the entire project.
• Each lesson is written using the Launch process. Students are going to be brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on failures and opportunities. At the end of each project, we’ve asked the students to share their ideas with the world. This holds students accountable. They will put forth the best effort knowing other students could critique the project.
What Supplies Do I Need
Each product contains a list of suggested supplies for the project. We were very cautious about choosing inexpensive items. This project has a suggested supply list that includes: 2-Liter Bottle,1-Liter Bottle, Glue (do not use hot glue), Tape, Scissors, Paper, Cardboard, Ruler, Markers, String, Lightweight fabric, Tissue Paper, Rocket Launcher (link provided, only one for all classes), bicycle air pump.
The supply list is dynamic and can be adjusted to your situation.
NGSS and TEKS Standards
Aside from the engineering components of this project, students will be learning about force and motion and specifically Newton's Laws (3rd).
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, MS-PS2-1
Other STEM Challenges
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Project: Hurricane Defender - Build a Hurricane Proof House
Project: Inhabit Mars - Build a Landing Device for Mars
Project: Lunar Base - Design a Lunar Colony
Project: Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load
Project: Save the Oceans - Design a Device to Clean the Oceans
Project: Skydive - Design a Parachute For Your New Business
Project: Thrills - Design A Fast and Furious Roller Coaster
Project: Wind and Sky - Create a 21st Century Turbine
Project: Explore Mars - Create a Space Probe for a MARS Mission
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