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Straw Rocket STEM Challenge (Forces & Motion, Variables)

Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
4th - 10th, Homeschool
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Rockets are always a student favorite! This STEM challenge pack includes a paper rocket activity, straw rocket engineering design challenge, handouts on Newton's Laws and forces, and extension problems on variable testing and graphing.

Click here for an editable STEM journal to use with distance learning, including digital and printable versions.

Topics covered in rocketry STEM challenge:

* Forces & motion

* Newton's Third Law

* Engineering Design Process

* Angles

* Variables & testing

(1) Paper Rocket Activity: Students make a paper rocket with the template provided and then launch with a smaller straw.

(2) Straw Rocket Challenge: Students design and build a straw rocket to be launched with a Pitsco straw rocket launcher. Students test different variables to achieve a mission: (1) longest distance or (2) hit a target.

(3)Variable Testing: Students select a variable to test in order to optimize for the longest distance. Students graph and reflect on results.

This packet includes:

- Detailed educator guide with links to resources

- Student handouts including Forces on a Rocket & Intro to Rocket Science

- Student recording packet for each step of the engineering design process

- Science extension activities to test and graph how different variables affect distance

Looking for more STEM lessons? Find the Vivify resource guide here: bit.ly/VivifyResourceGuide

About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or after school program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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Total Pages
37 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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