In this set of 3 activities students will design and build their own paper rockets and launch them. They will learn what it takes in order for a rocket to be stable and they will calculate the rocket’s trajectory and velocity. They will learn about the velocity required to leave Earth in a rocket and uncover why the Moon has the potential to be a stepping stone for further space exploration. Lastly, they will calculate the acceleration of their rocket at launch and put this into a context of the G-force experienced by astronauts during launch.
Age range: 14 – 16 years old
Leaving the Earth is not as easy as it may seem. Learn more about launching into space in this Airbus Foundation Discovery Space animation. More videos here.