TEACHER INFORMATION

Time required: 45 minutes per class per day for 1 week.

Teaching preparation

• Send letters home to parents explaining the project and the requirements.
• Be sure to include launch date and invite parents.
• The letter should have a ;list of various types of rockets and their cost per student.
• Students will chose their rockets from the list that you have provided.
• You may want to include rockets that uses similar engines. Here are some examples.

Examples:

 Type of rocket Average Cost per student Alpha \$10.00 Beta \$ 5.00 Big Bertha \$ 18.00 Nova Payloader \$ 20.00 Quarks \$ 5.00 Wizard \$ 10.00
• Order unassembled rockets in bulk from any scientificsupplies vendors or hobby shop. This way you can negotiate price
• Start collexting orders for rockets at least two weeks before the activity.
• Remember to shop for batteries, engines, wood glue, sand paper and cutting knives.

Teaching Strategies

• Each student will work on his/her rocket each day during class for one week or until rocket is totally assembeled.
• Keep the cutting knives and allow students to use and return them to you immediately.
• Cut sand paper into small squares to avoid waste.
• Have a place where students can place their rockets to dry after gluing them.
• Allow students who want to paint their rockets to take them home to do so.
• Caution: Remind students not to paint their rockets with the nose cone in place. Otherwise, it will be stuck.
• Choose open field for launching rockets.

Review

• Teach and review the following with your students before beginning the projects:
• Force
• Lift
• Drag
• Thrust
• Apogee
• Newton's 2nd. and 3rd. Law of Motion
• Have students to practice solving for mass, acceleration and force using F=m x a
• Be sure to use models airplanes or rockets to illustrate how they are affected by the forces acting on them.