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Rubbish Rockets

Key info...

Learning level: Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, Upper Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, GCSE and Key Stage 4, 16+ and A Level
Location: Life's educational laboratories, Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Availibility: On demand
Minimum Attendance: 12

Students make a rocket from scrap paper, fire it and see how it flies.

They then compare their rocket with their friends' to decide how they could make theirs fly better.

The workshop ends with a grand rocket launch to identify the most successful designs.

This workshop meets CDT and Science targets as well as promoting creativity.

What will you learn?

Curriculum Links
 
Science KS1 Working scientifically
  • Performing simple tests.
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
     
Design and Technology KS1 – Evaluation
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.
     
Aims and Objectives
  • Create a paper rocket and test how well it flies.
  • Evaluate rocket and make modifications to improve its flight.
Curriculum Links
 
Science LKS2 – working scientifically
  • Setting up simple enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
     
Science UKS2 Year 5 – Forces
  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth the falling object.
  • Identify the effects of air resistance.
     
Aims and objectives
  • Create a paper rocket and test how well it flies.
  • Evaluate rocket and make modifications to improve its flight.
Curriculum Links
 
Science KS3 Physics – Motion and forces – Forces
  • Air resistance.
     
Aims and objectives
  • Create a paper rocket and test how well it flies.
  • Evaluate rocket and make modifications to improve its flight.
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