ERIC Number: EJ1177688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Teaching Engineering Design Through Paper Rockets
Welling, Jonathan; Wright, Geoffrey A.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v77 n8 p18-21 May-Jun 2018
The paper rocket activity described in this article effectively teaches the engineering design process (EDP) by engaging students in a problem-based learning activity that encourages iterative design. For example, the first rockets the students build typically only fly between 30 and 100 feet. As students test and evaluate their rocket designs, they iteratively design improved rockets that will fly over 200 feet. The secret of success is simply the EDP: investigating the weaknesses of a rocket, designing and building a new prototype, evaluating its success, and collaborating and using conclusions to iteratively build additional and more successful rockets.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Design, Scientific Concepts, Cooperative Learning, Experiential Learning, Focus Groups
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