Last month students in 5th grade EXPO classes began working on paper rockets in class to launch. Students reviewed some of the key features and principals behind flight and stabilization. Roughly two hours of construction went into building the rockets before test day.

Students learned about success and failures of their rockets on the launch pad. We had rockets soar into the parking lot and also had rockets burst open on the launcher. Some key ideas learned were that we needed fins for stable flight and that paper rockets were not built to last. In the end we had a great morning putting our build skills to the test.

 

More information on how to build the launcher can be found here and here. A big thanks to MAKE Magazine for the inspiration for such a fun lesson.