A rocket vehicle for cross-curricular STEM

The STOMP air rocket provides a cheap, safe, simple and fun way to get some experimentation done outside the classroom using simple measurement tools such as a protractor, stop watch and tape measure.  The captured data allows predictions to be made in the same way Galileo did - and even to find a value for g!  Using a camera and free video-analysis with the Tracker software we also have a means to measure the launch velocity. The data can be used with the free GeoGebra software, and the free Scratch programming environment to produce animated simulations of STOMP rocket flights. Students can thus build their own stimulating realistic animations.   

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