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ERIC Number: EJ1033932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Straw Rockets Are out of This World
Gillman, Joan
Science and Children, v51 n2 p44-49 Oct 2013
To capture students' excitement and engage their interest in rocketships and visiting planets in the solar system, the author designed lessons that give students the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of developing straw rockets, and then observing which design can travel the longest distance. The lessons are appropriate for students in grades 4 and 5. In the straw rockets unit, the students work with both controlled and manipulated variables to determine the ideal flying design for their straw rocket. Throughout this unit, the students are actively engaged in the learning process. They look at the flight data they collect. They analyze the results of their straw rocket flights, and they redesign their rockets to improve upon their original design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A