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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Rockets.

  • Introduction to rockets and space – Student Activity

    In this activity, students view a PowerPoint presentation introducing some rockets, their purposes and distances travelled in space.

  • Effervescent canister rockets – Student Activity

    In this activity, students make an effervescent canister rocket using baking soda and vinegar. They develop their understanding of rocket propulsion and investigate the amount of vinegar that will make the rocket go the highest.

  • Balloon car challenge – Student Activity

    In this activity, students design and build a balloon-powered car to better understand the science ideas related to rocket propulsion. They use ideas of mass and force to work out ways to improve the distance travelled by their car.

  • Water bottle rockets – Student Activity

    In this activity, students make a water bottle rocket. They investigate the variables that affect the height and distance travelled by the rocket.

  • Launch simulator challenge – Student Activity

    In this activity, students use a rocket launch simulation. They change variables such as thrust to make a rocket go as high as possible.

  • Investigating rocket motion – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate the motion of a rocket using a spreadsheet with graphs of motion included. They adjust variables and investigate how height and speed are affected.

  • Unit plan: Rockets teaching sequence – Unit Plans and Planning

    This teaching resource along with the Science Learning Hub context Rockets is designed to introduce upper primary and lower secondary school students to the forces required to launch rockets into space.