Part 1: Identify background knowledge and build a rocket prototype to be launched. The basics will be provided in terms of materials and design. Students are asked to bring in one 2-liter bottle to contribute to their rocket. 2 bottles are needed to make one rocket.
Part 2: Reflect on the original design and fix any failures that resulted in the original plan. Students will be introduced to research about the concepts that relate the their rocket, courtesy of NASA. Students will use their research to modify their rocket to better align with the related scientific principals learned. We are aiming to launch the rockets 3 - 4 separate times to allow students to identify the effects of their changes (to the rocket) in hopes of bettering their rocket's flight. A competition will arise after the first launch!!
Part 3: Communicating the successes and failures of the project to the class. Each team will present the results of their rockets performance, trials, faults, etc, along with an explanation of the science concepts that are involved with rocket flight. A template and rubric will be provided. Student Teams will present to the class using presentation software of their choice; Keynote, Google Slides, or Prezi.