Space Activities

EAAChoose from one of four space-themed activities you can do at home, or in the classroom.

Activities:


Fizzy Rockets (6-8 and 9-12)
For Grades 6-8 & 9-12

By designing and testing their own rocket fueled by a chemical change, students will understand the difference between a physical and chemical change, explore Newton's Third Law (for every action (force) there is an equal and opposite reaction), and follow the scientific method by changing a variable to test a hypothesis. This activity also touches on three of the four forces of flight (thrust, drag, and gravity) and how changes in design can affect performance.

In an optional extension activity, students will further explore the historical changes in engineering of rockets and communicate their ideas for future design improvements.

Fizzy Rockets Activity Teacher Grades 6-8
Fizzy Rockets Activity Student Grades 6-8

Fizzy Rockets Activity Teacher Grades 9-12
Fizzy Rockets Activity Student Grades 9-12

Straw Rockets
For Grades K-5 & 6-12

While assembling and testing their straw rocket, students will explore the relationship between various "pushes" (force) and the flight of their rocket through obstacles and hitting targets. Students will develop a beginning understanding of Newton's 1st Law (objects at rest or in motion will remain so until acted on by an outside force) and thrust.

Students will also communicate their results individually or as a class in a data table.

Straw Rockets Activity Teacher Grades K-5
Straw Rockets Activity Student Grades K-5

Straw Rockets Activity Teacher Grades 6-12
Straw Rockets Activity Student Grades 6-12

Mars Rover Rocket Car
For Grades 6-12

Students will build a balloon powered Mars Rover out of Styrofoam or cardboard and then test how different amounts of thrust move their Rover. Students will develop an understanding of Newton’s Third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) by observing that more air (thrust) will move their car farther.

Students will identify independent and dependent variables, use data tables to collect their data and a graph to analyze. Students will communicate their results through a conclusion.

Mars Rover Rocket Car Teacher Grades 6-12
Mars Rover Rocket Car Student Grades 6-12

Stomp Rockets
For Grades 6-12

While designing, assembling, and testing their Stomp Rocket students will explore the relationship between the force of thrust and flight. Thrust will be provided for each rocket by a gust of air created when the student "stomps" on the launch pad. Students will develop an understanding of Newton's Third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) by observing that more air (thrust) will fly their rocket higher. Students will also have the opportunity to engineer their rockets for optimum flight by streamlining them to reduce drag.

Students will identify independent and dependent variables, use data tables to collect their data and a graph to analyze. Students will communicate their results through a conclusion.

Stomp Rockets Teacher Grades 6-12
Stomp Rockets Student Grades 6-12
Stomp Rockets Fin Patterns

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