Day 151: Rocket Engine Test

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

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If you’re gonna build rockets, you need an appropriate soundtrack.

Lesson plan:

  1. show video of a Saturn V launch
  2. show video of a model rocket launch
  3. what do you know about rockets? we have a lot to learn about physics concepts including momentum, impulse, and conservation of energy from model rocketry
  4. build Estes Viking model rockets (need: super glue, sand paper, and rocket kits). this and the above can be done in a 70 minute period.
  5. time permitting, test fire and collect force vs time graph data (need: force probe, rocket test stand)

 

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It helps to have old rockets available for the kids to see what they’re working toward.

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