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  • Rocket Launchers

     Grade 5

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    rocket launchers 2

    Program Description
    4 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    Students will be introduced to the basics of rocket design and how they move as they explore the forces that apply to rocketry. Then students will engage in the engineering design process, working in teams of engineers by designing a straw rocket ready for launch. Rockets will be tested and engineering concepts will be applied so they can rebuild a new rocket based on information gained from the original launch. Distance of rockets will be assessed.
    (Students must bring a lunch.)


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    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

    3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

    5-PS2-1. Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Making and Using Models
    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    Engaging in Argument from Evidence

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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
    ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
    PS2.B: Types of Interactions

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
    Cause and Effect
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Science is a Human Endeavor

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
    SL1.c Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others
    MP1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    MP2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    MP4. Model with mathematics
    MP5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    MP6. Attend to precision

    5.MD.A.1-Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.