Stomp Rockets

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9
Organization:NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Summary:Targeted for students in grades 4-9 and created by educators at NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory, this lesson brings the excitement of model rocketry and engineering design to the classroom. Students work individually or in pairs to construct and launch paper rockets using a teacher-build PVC-pipe launcher, and calculate the flight achieved by the model. Then based on their rocket's flight performance, students analyze and modify their designs, launch again, and recalculate the altitude achieved to determine if their changes affected the performance of the rocket. The lesson supports the Next Generation Science Standards while exploring rocketry, the engineering design process, and mathematics. Lesson plan, extension activities, and video tutorials included on this site.
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ETS1.B; ETS1.C; PS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-5-ETS1-2; 3-5-ETS1-3; 5-PS2-1; MS-ETS1-2; MS-ETS1-3; MS-ETS1-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: 6-8; activities; common core; engineering; k-5 geosource; lesson; mathematics; middle school; model; nasa; ngss; space; video
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