What makes a rocket fly? Pixie dust? A cool paint job? Popeye’s spinach? This lesson will allow students to explore the four forces that are necessary for a rocket, or any flying object, to take flight. Young aviators will experience each of the forces of flight through a series of interactive activities and see how they all come together to make flight possible for humans and animals!
Breaking news! Local youth program reports that students are having too much fun with rockets and they don’t want to go home. Is this news true? You will find out with this program guide where students will learn about news reporting through rockets! Students will develop their communication skills, find trustworthy information, and create their own news report based on their own rocket launch. Stay tuned to learn more!
Icebreaker Activity Printouts Pens/Pencils/Markers Rocketry 101 Slide presentation News Slide presentation News Article Handouts Computer with Internet Projector (If not possible, you can print out the slides or improvise with a white board) Printer (If needed) Estes Star Hopper Rocket Kits Estes Engines and Launch Materials (Recovery Wadding, Plugs, Starters) Launch system Cones Camera (optional) Bandanas or blindfolds Soft obstacles like cones or blankets Large, colorful pom poms or balls
Students will explore the many careers involved in aerospace, through acting (the perfect summer activity, right?!). Students have the chance to be a human model rocket and create their own skit about a famous person in the aerospace field. They will also build and launch a rocket, the best part! The day will wrap up with a review of the professions and brainstorming their biggest role – their future careers!
Aerospace Charades Cards
Rocketry 101 Slide Presentation
Projector (If not available print slides or improvise with white board)
Aerospace Career Slide Presentation
Laptop Computers with Internet Access
Estes Star Hopper Rocket Kits
Estes Engines and Launch Materials (Recovery Wadding, Plugs, Starters)
This youth program and summer camp guide is a complete 5-day program. Rock(et) On includes all the activities you need to create a holistic aerospace experience. Activities highlight a variety of topics including STEM, art, physical activities, leadership, and teambuilding. Participants will have the opportunity to design, build, and launch rockets as well as be creative and create videos. You can also adapt this guide to your program’s needs if you only need a few activities.
The key to successful educational initiatives is to create value for what you are teaching. It is important to continually connect the lessons/activities to WHY they are important. When given value, students are more inclined to be attentive and stay engaged. This creates deeper interest and passion for STEM related activities and careers.
Connection to STEM Careers: Rocketry and many other design, build, fly competitions are deeply connected to STEM related fields. Creating passion for these things will inspire students to explore careers they might not have previously been interested in or exposed to.
Skill Building: Many important skills can be gained from STEM activities. These skills will help students achieve success in many places including: school, college, future careers, and in life, regardless of the chosen career path. The activities in this program offer skill development in the following areas:
Attention to Detail
Teamwork: Solving complex problems when thinking about sending humans to Mars or safely launching an air taxi fleet requires a team. Learning to work with others who have different backgrounds, diverse talents and opposing perspectives is a skill that must be taught and nurtured in a safe environment.
Leadership: The ability to create amazing things is only the first step to success. Effective public speaking, confidence and the ability to inspire are leadership skills that must be developed along the way.
The human connection and power of inspiration are essential to developing the next generation of aerospace leaders. It is up to us to create the connection that pushes these students to reach their full potential!
Safety Introduction Presentation We have included a 30-minute safety presentation for you to use during your rocket program. We strongly encourage you review this with the students before a rocket launch to ensure all students and staff understand the proper procedures.
Proper Attire Ensure students come dressed for indoor and outdoor activities and are prepared for warm temperatures. Below are some items to remind students to bring.
Closed toed shoes
First Aid Kit Be sure you have a first aid kit easily accessible in your facility. When going out to launch rockets, be sure to bring that kit with you and have it close by.
Fire Escape Route
In case of fire, ensure staff have been briefed on the fire safety escape plan.
In Case of Emergency Always identify an ICE (In Case of Emergency) lead for your program and ensure all staff/students know who to contact during an emergency.
Media Release We believe in the power of a good story. We believe in the power of education. We believe in the power of our youth. We believe in the power of YOU. Your mission, your efforts, and your passion improves the lives of children. Let’s share our stories together.
We want to share your success with rocketry to the world. Together we can share the inspiring stories of the youth, families, and the communities you serve.
Please share this release form with the parents of all students attending this program prior to the program starting and email the completed forms to us at email@example.com. We encourage parents to sign so we can all share the power of STEM education.
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Estes Rocket Kits
Estes Rocket Engines
Paint or Markers (depending on rocket kit)
Estes Launch Pad(s) & Launch Controller(s)
First Aid Kit
Trash Bag or Bin
Pens or Pencils (1 per student)
Markers, Colored Pencils, and/or Crayons
Paper (8.5 x 11)
Computer (for teacher use only)
Large Poster Sized Paper (24 x 36)
Masking or Duct Tape (enough rolls for groups of 2-4 students)
1 or 2 Liter Soda Bottles (one for every 2 students)
Cardstock, Cardboard or Manila Folders
Water Bottle Rocket Launcher, such as Aquapod Bottle Launcher or StratoLauncher + StratoFins Water Launcher Kit
Bicycle Pump with pressure gauge, needed for the bottle launcher; note: do not use mechanically compressed air with launchers built with PVC pipe!
Large binder clips (1 per launch pad)
Fishing line OR smooth string
Long balloons (Many party supply stores carry variety packs that may include long balloons. Ask if they will special order packs of long balloons for you. The balloons become cylinders 5 inches in diameter and 24 inches long when inflated. They are sometimes called 524 (5 by 24 inches) airships. Find manufacturers and distributors by searching “524 balloons” online.)
Bathroom size (3 oz.) paper cup
2 straight drinking straws
50 small paper clips
Sandwich-size plastic bag
Small Rubber Bands
Physical Education Equipment
Cones 30 Small playground balls (ball pit balls, bean bags, or other small balls that are not to hard) 12 Pool noodles 2 Large bins (trash cans, etc.) ** below is a recommended list. (use whatever you have, get creative)** Hula hoops Jump ropes Bean bags Small toss rings Whiffle ball bats Playground balls Blind folds
Optional Supplies (NOT Required)
Projector (not required but have an alternative for delivering lessons. You can also print them) Computers OR cell phones (enough to split students into small groups) Free video editing software (iMovie, Windows movie maker, etc.)
Microsoft PowerPoint Stickers Skit props (or have students make their own!) Paper cups Straws Popsicle sticks Balloon hand pumps Wooden spring-type clothespins
Estes Supporting Materials
Safety Presentation Rocketry 101 Lesson Rocket Academy Lesson How to Get an Accurate Flight Lesson Aerospace Careers Lesson Vision Statement Worksheet Aerospace Charade Cards Be a Positive Influence Worksheet Water Bottle Rocket Initial Design Worksheet Water Bottle Rocket Revised Design Worksheet Water Bottle Rocket Launch Score Card Heavy Lift Rocket Mission Report Worksheet Mission to Mars: Rocket Launch Scorecard NASA Patent Portfolio Estes Camper Awards