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BLAST Off! - Rocket Project

Stage 1

Use the following website to help you with Stage 1: NASA Rocket Site

Part 1: Get the basics of rocket design.

On a sheet of paper, draw a basic rocket and label the following parts of a rocket:
    a) Tube/Body
    b) Fins
    c) Nose Cone

On the back of the paper, define each of the parts and what role each part has in the launch of the rocket.

(HINT: look at the section called "Types of Rockets")

Part 2: Forces on a rocket

On a separate sheet of paper, please talk about the four different forces that act on a rocket.  Afterward, talk about how newton's Laws (2nd and 3rd) apply to rocketry.  This section should be about 1 page. (Times 12pt font, double spaced, 1 inch margins)

(HINT: look at the section called "Forces on Rockets")


Stage 2

Part 1: Build your first prototype - Paper Rocket (Due Thursday February 23, 2012)

Each person will build their OWN paper rocket.  Here are the specifications:

1. The rocket must be made entirely of paper except the cap.  The body/fuselage and fins must be made entirely of paper.  Paper is defined as any sort of paper that is not cardboard.  If you are still unclear of this, please ask Mr. Law

2. The rocket may be held together with clear packaging tape and/or glue.

3. The only part of the rocket that is not paper is the cap.  The cap may come from any water bottle or plastic 2-liter bottle.

4.  The MAXIMUM length of the fuselage is 12 inches.

5. The MINIMUM diameter of the rocket must be not smaller than 7/8 inch (or 7/8").  Mr. Law will have sample guide rails available in class to check for fit.
  
6. Mr. Law will have supplies on Tuesday, February 21 to build the paper rockets.  Please bring your own paper.

Here are some sites to help you get started.  As I mentioned in class, some of these sites are for Cardboard or Plastic rockets.  Please substitute the cardboard or plastic with paper.


This was the NASA site you explored earlier - http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/rktstomp.html

Here are the corresponding instructions (Start with step 10) - http://makeprojects.com/Project/Compressed-Air-Rocket/585/2#s3076


There are plenty other videos on Youtube.  Type in "compressed air rocket" in the search bar.

We will also have a mini lesson in class on Tuesday.

Part 2: Reflection (Due Friday February 24, 2012)

Please write a paragraph on each of the following:

1. Before Launch - What was the thinking going into your fin design?

2. Before Launch - How high do you think your rocket will launch? What concerns do you you have for your rocket?

3. After Launch - What went well?  What did not? How did your concerns turn out?  What aspects of your rocket will you take with you into your next rocket with your partner?


Stage 3

Part 1: Build your second prototype - Compression Rocket (Due Tuesday March 6, 2012)

Each team will build their ONE rocket.  Here are the specifications:

1. The rocket may be made of any of the following and in any combination: paper, cardboard or plastic. If you are still unclear of this, please ask Mr. Law

2. The rocket may be held together with clear packaging tape, duct tape and/or glue. (reminder: No hot glue guns may be used at school)

3.  The MAXIMUM length of the fuselage is 18 inches.

4. The MINIMUM diameter of the rocket must be not smaller than 7/8 inch (or 7/8").  Mr. Law will have sample guide rails available in class to check for fit.
  
5. Your rocket must have a foam tip.

6. Your rocket must be able to withstand launches with 25 psi, 50 psi and 75 psi of air.  

7. Rockets will be launched into the air as well as into a foam bed.  It will need to withstand these test and be able to be launched multiple times.

Here are some sites to help you get started.  (Same as stage 2)


This was the NASA site you explored earlier - http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/rktstomp.html

Here are the corresponding instructions (Start with step 10) - http://makeprojects.com/Project/Compressed-Air-Rocket/585/2#s3076


There are plenty other videos on Youtube.  Type in "compressed air rocket" in the search bar.

Part 2: Reflection (Due Friday March 2, 2012)

1. Please write about your own thought process for choosing the fins for your current rocket.  What is the thinking behind the shape, size, number of fins, materials and attachment procedure?  (This should be about two paragraphs)

2. After learning how to measure for approximate height of your rocket in class, what are some of the reasons why this measurement is only an estimation and not exact?  What are things you can do to get a more accurate measurement? (This should also be about two paragraphs)

3. What is the difference between accuracy and precision? Please include examples.  (This should be about a paragraph)

Stage 4

Part 1: Build your third prototype - Compression Rocket with Recovery Method (Due Thursday April 12, 2012)

Each team will build their ONE rocket.  Here are the specifications:

1. The rocket may be made of any of the following and in any combination: paper, cardboard or plastic. If you are still unclear of this, please ask Mr. Law

2. The rocket may be held together with clear packaging tape, duct tape and/or glue. (reminder: No hot glue guns may be used at school)

3.  The MAXIMUM length of the fuselage is 24 inches. This measurement is from the base of the fuselage to the blast cap not including the nose cone.

4. The MINIMUM diameter of the rocket must be not smaller than 7/8 inch (or 7/8").  Mr. Law will have sample guide rails available in class to check for fit.
  
5. Your rocket must have a recovery method that will deploy on it's own.

6. Your rocket must be able to withstand launches with 25 psi, 50 psi and 75 psi of air.  

7. Rockets will be launched into the air with a payload of 100g.  There should be an access port within your rocket and the payload must still be in the rocket upon landing. (i.e. if your rocket lands and the payload rolls out, the launch will be considered a fail.) 

Here are some sites to help you get started.  (Same as stage 2)


This was the NASA site you explored earlier - http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/rktstomp.html

Here are the corresponding instructions (Start with step 10) - http://makeprojects.com/Project/Compressed-Air-Rocket/585/2#s3076


There are plenty other videos on Youtube.  Type in "compressed air rocket" in the search bar.

Part 2: Exhibition Preparation    

There are the stations you signed up for:

Rocket Exhibition Stations


Mr. Law will assign the following stations:
a. Welcome Station
b. Pre-Launch Station 
c. Launch Station 

Once you have signed up for your station, you will create:

1. A Visual Display
        This visual display should have models or visuals that will help your audience understand the concept you are trying to show.  You should have a minimum of one (1) "handout." The handout will be laminated, so that you can use it over and over again.
 
2. Assessment method
        You will come up with an assessment method that the participants will complete to show you that they have learned the concept.  Some ideas:  3 question verbal response, fill in the blank, matching.  Please have your assessment method approved before completing.

3. Materials list
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