Students Prepare for Rocket Launch Lab: A Focus on STEM Part 2

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step -Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

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Don’t miss our first post in this series on STEM at GEMS here.

Yesterday our blog highlighted an experimental design project where students studied bubbles. Today we are exploring with the 8th grade science classes the gearing up for the annual rocket launching lab.

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To begin, the experiment students tested variables on small-scale models. The students once again designed the lab and used straw rockets to test their hypotheses. Once this aspect of the experiment is complete, the students will use the data gleaned from the straw rockets to make the larger scale rockets go farther. Last year the distance record for the large rockets was 170 meters (or almost 2 football fields).

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This years class has its sights set on shattering the current record – definitely a worthy goal! We certainly wish them luck in their experiment.

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