STEM Engineering Activity~Designing Rockets

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STEM Challenge: Rockets in the STEM Lab! It is one of the MOST requested activities! Kids always want something to blast off!

**Please note: This Activity package is available in a money-saving bundle!

Your students will love this STEM activity. They will use film canisters and effervescing tablets to create a rocket fuel. After an exploration time, students will be assigned specific combinations of water and effervescing tablets to conduct launches. The data gathered will then be used to determine the best flights. Students will also have the opportunity to design the body of their rockets. What combination of water and tablet will make the best flights? Can the students apply what they have learned? Will the modifications to the canister make the rockets more aerodynamic?

Specific parts in the activity include: In the Ask and Imagine steps students will be introduced to the task, practice the use of the canisters, learn some safety measures, and then explore using the rocket’s fuel. In the Plan and Create steps students will learn about the variables involved in using the rocket fuel and test different combinations of water and effervescing tablets. They will keep data tables of their results and then compare all the data gathered with the entire class. In the Improve and Present steps students will examine the data gathered and determine which amounts of water and tablet they believe created the best flights. They will also be able to modify their canister rockets by adding fins, rudders, nose cones, and more! Finally, they will test their creations and present the final designs to the class.

Vocabulary pages (12 words) used throughout the study are included and this includes a word wall set with a strip for the word and a second strip with the meaning. A full color word wall set is provided and a black/white set.

The entire experience will take 3-4 class sessions to complete.

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: Film canisters, Effervescing tablets, Safety goggles, Copy paper, card stock, foam sheets, rubber bands, scissors, tape, Water and cups for dispensing, Paper towels and/or towels, Chart paper, Clip boards, and a large space for launching rockets (outdoors is best).

This package specifically contains;
Cover sheet; Table of Contents; Materials Needed Page, Overview Page, Poster set of the Engineering Design Process; 7 pages of step-by-step procedures and helpful hints for each step of the design process and lessons; Photos; 3-page Lab Sheet set; Lab sheet set with Possible Answers; Constraints of the Task Sheet; Things to Do While Working in Groups sheet; Extensions page; 3-page scoring rubric; Vocabulary sheet; Set of Vocabulary Word strips and meaning strips with color and a set in black and white.

You might also enjoy the perfect companions to this package:
Paper Airplanes
Paper Helicopters

Even better: This activity is available in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Engineering Activity Bundle- Airplanes, Helicopters, and Rockets!
*****************************************************************************You might also like these STEM Activity sets:
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STEM Engineering Activity~Designing Rockets
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STEM Engineering Activity~Designing Rockets
STEM Engineering Activity~Designing Rockets