2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2010 3:11 PM by SThurston RSS

rocket design for 8th grade

leslie New User
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i;m trying to find an interactive lesson on designing rockets for 8th grade any suggestions?

  • Re: rocket design for 8th grade
    mjohnson Novice
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    Hi Leslie:


    Our partners at Science NetLinks have a lesson called "Rocket Launch" that might be worth taking a look at. It lists under the grades 9 - 12 category, but I think it would be effective with many 8th graders as well. It makes use of some NASA resources and takes a good comprehensive look at the factors that affect the success of a rocket flight. Another interactive resource is the RocketModeler III at the NASA website.


    Hopefully that will get you started and maybe we'll hear from some others who have ideas as well!




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  • Re: rocket design for 8th grade
    SThurston Novice
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    Science NetLinks has a number of related resources that you might find useful:


    The NASA website The Beginner’s Guide to Model Rockets provides information on many different rockets and looks at the basic of design and flight.


    Gravity Launch, 3-5, 6-8 Interactive

    This interactive challenges students to virtually launch a rocket into space to see how the force of gravity can pull an object toward the earth and moon. Students can also experiment with different thrust and angle settings to learn how these settings change the motion of the rocket.


    Rocket Launch , 9-12 lesson

    In this lesson, students consider constraints which contribute to the design of a model rocket, as well as begin to analyze a model rocket's design and flight.


    Gravity Launch, Science  NetLinks Afterschool

    This activity uses the same interactive listed above but it’s targeted at afterschool or parents.


    Lastly, Science NetLinks created the space science resource page Celebrating Space Exploration for NASA’s 50th Anniversary. Here you’ll find many space related resources there including more interactives and podcasts.



    Have fun!



    Science NetLinks

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