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ERIC Number: ED511735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 178
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Adventures in Rocket Science. EG-2007-12-179-MSFC
Huegele, Vince; Hill, Kristy; Terry, Brenda
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
This guide was prepared as a tool useful for informal education venues (4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.), science clubs and related programs, and can be adopted for formal education settings. An exciting and productive study in rocket science can be implemented using the selected activities for the above-mentioned settings. The guide's activities can be correlated to meet formal education's core curriculum objectives or used for ancillary enrichment and extension activities. The series of activities in this guide require basic, inexpensive materials. They demonstrate fundamental principles of rocket science. The activities were selected and organized around the target concepts of altitude, velocity and acceleration (i.e., height, distance and speed). The Adventures in Rocket Science Activity Matrix on page v organizes the activities by suggested grade level bands as well as target concepts. The guide includes a compilation of NASA-developed and originally developed activities that emphasize hands-on involvement, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. Project background and an edited, student-friendly version of "The History of Rocketry" is included. The guide includes an appendix with construction directions for various project activities, safety guidelines and a glossary of terms. Appended are: (1) Assembly Instructions; (2) Rocket Safety Code; (3) Rocket Principles; and (4) Rocketry Resource Materials. [This document was produced and funded through the NASA Explorer Institute (NEI) and is an expansion of the NASA guidebook "Rockets" by Deborah Shearer, Greg Vogt, and Carla Rosenberg.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), George C. Marshall Space Flight Center