Use mid-powered rockets to teach Newton’s laws, kinetic energy, air quality and the history of rocketry - then use them to test the design of a spacesuit for a marshmallow "astronaut."
Students will use the engineering design process to 3D print and build rockets, researching rockets from the past to aid in their design. The completed rockets will then be used to learn about inertia, speed, propulsion, acceleration and kinetic energy. Students will test the survivability of a high G-force flight. After preliminary flights are conducted, students will design a flight suit that will determine the survival of a marshmallow "astronaut."
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Science and Engineering Practices l Developing and Using Models l Analyzing and Interpreting Data l Disciplinary Core Ideas l ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions l ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution l Crosscutting Concepts l Energy and Matter l Physical Science l MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions l MS-PS3 Energy l Engineering, Technology, and the Applications of Science l MS-ETS1 Engineering Design