ERIC Number: ED370809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Rockets: Physical Science Teacher's Guide with Activities.
Vogt, Gregory L.; Rosenberg, Carla R., Ed.
Rockets have evolved from simple tubes filled with black powder into mighty vehicles capable of launching a spacecraft out into the galaxy. The guide begins with background information sections on the history of rocketry, scientific principles, and practical rocketry. The sections on scientific principles and practical rocketry are based on Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion. These laws explain why rockets work and how to make them more efficient. These sections are followed with a series of physical science activities that demonstrate the basic science of rocketry. Each activity is designed to be simple and take advantage of inexpensive materials. Construction diagrams, material and tools lists, and instructions are included. A brief discussion elaborates on the concepts covered in the activities and is followed with teaching notes and discussion questions. Because many of the activities and demonstrations apply to more than one subject area, a matrix chart has been included to assist in identifying opportunities for extended learning experiences. The chart identifies these subject areas (e.g., chemistry, history) by activity and demonstration title. Many of the student activities encourage student problem-solving and cooperative learning. The length of time involved for each activity and demonstration will vary according to its degree of difficulty and the development level of the students. Generally, demonstrations will take just a few minutes to complete and most activities can be completed in less than an hour. The guide concludes with a glossary of terms, suggested reading list, NASA educational resources, and an evaluation questionnaire. (ZWH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.