"One small step for a man-one giant step for mankind" - Neil Armstrong
This S.T.E.M. lesson is designed to encompass many of the math skills the students learned throughout the school year. Students will also make connections and reflections on how rockets affect their daily lives. Students will build their own prototype rocket mostly from scratch. Most of our everyday life depends on rockets. Satellites were launched by rockets which send signals back to earth for our GPS systems, televisions, and cell phones. They even help send images back so we can predict the weather and see what countries are doing around the world. The model rockets are launched just like the real ones: with electrical ignition, a launching tower, countdown and recovery system.
"For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction." - Isaac Newton
PA Standards:M6.A.1.4.1: Model percents (through 100%) using drawings, graphs and/or sets (e.g., circle graph, base ten blocks, etc)
M6.B.2.1.1: Use or read a ruler to measure to the nearest 1/16 inch or millimeter.
M6.B.2.2.1: Find the perimeter of any polygon (may include regular polygons where only the measure of one side is given – same units throughout).
M6.B.1.1.1: Determine and/or compare elapsed time to the minute (time may cross AM to PM or more than one day).
M6.E.2.1.1: Determine/calculate the mean, median, mode and/or range of displayed data (data can be displayed in a table or line plot – use whole numbers only up to 2 digits).
M6.E.1.1.3: Display data in frequency tables, circle graphs, double-bar graphs, double line graphs or line plots using a title, appropriate scale, labels and a key when needed. Circle graphs for open-ended items must show a center point and tic marks.
M6.C.1.1.3: Identify and/or determine the measure of the diameter and/or radius of a circle (when one or the other is given).