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Water Rocket Launch

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on aerospace engineering and how space flight has been achieved from an engineering vantage point. Student teams build and launch a rocket made out of a soda bottle and powered with an air pump and consider the forces on a rocket, Newton's Laws, and other principles and challenges of actual space vehicle launch. Teams design their structure on paper, learn about aerospace engineering, launch their rocket, and share observations with their class.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • Learn about aerospace engineering.
  • Learn about engineering design and redesign.
  • Learn about space flight.
  • Learn how engineering can help solve society's challenges.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • aerospace engineering
  • engineering design
  • space flight
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students explore how engineers have developed rockets over the years, and learn about the principals of rocketry. They work in teams to construct and launch a rocket made from a soda bottle that launches with an air pump under teacher supervision. The students compare their accomplishments and challenges with those of other student teams, complete a reflection sheet, and present to the class.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents
  • Student Resource Sheet
  • Student Worksheet

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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