STRAWKETS

Summary

In this activity, students investigate the effect that fins have on rocket flight. Students construct two paper rockets that they can launch themselves by blowing through a straw. One "strawket" has wings and the other has fins. Students observe how these two control surfaces affect the flight of their strawkets. Students discover how difficult control of rocket flight is and what factors can affect it. Students also practice measurement, averages, make predictions, and analyze results to draw conclusions.

Learning Objectives:

After this activity, students should be able to:

Summary

In this activity, students investigate the effect that fins have on rocket flight. Students construct two paper rockets that they can launch themselves by blowing through a straw. One "strawket" has wings and the other has fins. Students observe how these two control surfaces affect the flight of their strawkets. Students discover how difficult control of rocket flight is and what factors can affect it. Students also practice measurement, averages, make predictions, and analyze results to draw conclusions.

Learning Objectives:

After this activity, students should be able to:

- Explain why the control of a rocket is important.
- Relate control of a rocket to fins and describe how fins affect rocket flight.
- Determine how the number of fins affects rocket flight.
- Identify some factors that engineers must consider when designing real rockets.