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3...2...1...lift off! - Building your own paper rocket

In this set of three activities students will design and build their own paper rockets and launch them. They will learn what it takes in order for a rocket to be stable and they will calculate the rocket’s trajectory and velocity. They will learn about the velocity required to leave Earth in a rocket and uncover why the Moon has the potential to be a stepping stone for further space exploration. Lastly, they will calculate the acceleration of their rocket at launch and put this into a context of the g-force experienced by astronauts during launch.

Curriculum links:

  • Learning about the centre of mass and centre of pressure.
  • Investigating projectile motion and parabolas.
  • Calculating velocity and acceleration.
  • Understanding forces.
  • Improving working scientifically and ability to work as a team.

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