Used with 5th-9th graders.
Taught in (8) 1-hour classes.
NASA Rockets: An Educator’s Guide with Activities in Science, Mathematics, and Technology (Free)
Rockets Away!: Exploring the Science of Forces and Motion (Teacher Guide)
Mentos Diet Coke Geyser: Steve Spangler Science
Mentos and Diet Coke experiment. Compare to Mentos with Coke. Discuss what causes the eruption.
What is a rocket?
Newton’s First Law
Newton’s Second Law
Concepts: inertia, acceleration, transfer of energy, mass
Newton’s Third Law
Concepts: action, reaction
Create a Pop Can Hero Engine
(I was able to borrow a bottle rocket launcher from a parent who was a high school science teacher. There are several websites that will show you how to make a launcher. There is ALOT of power behind these launchers. Take EVERY precaution.)
The basics: Have students make a basic bottle rocket. Launch at least a few of their rockets.
Improving on your model: Show students how fins and other changes or additions can improve their bottle rocket’s performance. Give them time to improve their rockets. Launch them.
Concepts: altitude, velocity