Forces of Motion: Rockets

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Young scientists design a rocket to launch using Newton's Laws of Motion in order to discover for themselves the forces of motion. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Hold a contest for the rocket that launches the furthest
  • Stretch this assignment for several days so that Newton's Laws of Motion are explained and the creation of rockets is thorough
Classroom Considerations
  • General trajectory equations can be solved collaboratively if they are too difficult for some
  • Safety goggles are a must for flying objects 
  • Solicit donations of PVC pipe from a local hardware store
  • As with all science experiments, safety is the number one rule 
Pros
  • Resource is well written with easy-to-follow directions, questions, photos, script, and PowerPoint
  • Rocket launching is fun for all
  • Great excuse to take the class outdoors
Cons
  • None