The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide for grades K-12 emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science.

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The title page, acknowledgments, the table of contents, tips on using the guide, and the activity format make up this section of the Rockets Educator Guide.
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Brief History of Rockets

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This section of the Rockets Educator Guide focuses on the history of rockets, from simple gunpowder devices to giant vehicles capable of traveling into space.
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Rocket Principles

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This section of the Rockets Educator Guide explains Newton's Laws of Motion, which form the basic principles of rocketry.
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Practical Rocketry

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This document focuses on how rockets work, including the rocket engines and their propellants.
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The album contains photos and descriptions of historic rockets, today's rockets and concept designs that might be used in the future. They are arranged into three groups: rockets for launching satellites and space probes, rockets for sending humans into space, and concepts for future vehicles. The album also includes a Rocket Timeline.
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The lesson plans and activities in the Rockets Educator Guide correlate to national science and mathematics standards. The matrix charts show the standards that apply to each activity.
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Pop Can Hero Engine

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Students construct a soft-drink can Hero Engine. They test it and variables that affect the action of the engine. The experiment stresses prediction, data collection and analysis of results.
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Rocket Racer

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Students construct a balloon-powered rocket racer from a foam tray, pins, tape and a flexible straw. They then test it along a measured track on the floor.
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3-2-1 Pop!

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Students construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from an effervescing antacid tablet reacting with water. They will see how Newton's Laws of Motion apply to rocket launches.
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Antacid Tablet Race

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This lesson plan calls for students to experiment with surface area as a variable to find its effect on the reaction rates of effervescent antacid tablets.
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Paper Rockets

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Students design, construct and fly paper rockets that will travel the greatest distance possible across a floor model of the solar system. Students propel the rockets by blowing air through a straw and record the data from each flight.
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Newton Car

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Students investigate Newton's Second Law of Motion by observing how increasing the mass of an object thrown from a Newton Car affects the car's acceleration over a rolling track. Then students record the data from their experiment.
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Balloon Staging

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This demonstration of a propulsion system simulates how rockets achieve greater altitudes by using the technology of staging.
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Rocket Transportation

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Students use problem-solving skills to construct a balloon rocket and use it to carry a paper clip payload. Then they record data from their results.
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Altitude Tracking

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Students create altitude-tracking devices. Angles and a tangent table are used to determine the altitude a rocket reaches in its flight.
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Bottle Rocket Launcher

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Use simple tools to construct a soda bottle rocket launcher using "off-the-shelf" hardware and wood.
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Bottle Rocket

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Working in teams, students construct a simple bottle rocket from two-liter soft drink bottles and other materials. The rocket is powered by air pressure and water.
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Paper Helicopter Plans

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Use this simple pattern to make a rotor motor like those found on helicopters.
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Project X-35

by NASA Education

Teams use their knowledge gained from physical science lessons about rockets and their problem-solving skills to simulate the development of a commercial proposal to design, build and launch a rocket. The project can be used as a culminating activity or as an assessment tool at the end of a rocketry unit.
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Additional Extensions

by NASA Education

This section contains additional or extension activities that correspond with activities found in the Rocket Educator Guide.
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Glossary

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Reference materials in this section include a glossary of terms and acronyms pertaining to rockets, along with suggested reading to use with the Rockets Educator Guide.
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