Fifth grade continues to test all their rocket designs. Mrs. Clark's homeroom was fortunate to have an additional audience today as it was Parent Shadow day for 5th grade. Some of the rocket designs completely failed and didn't even leave the launch pad. Others went a soaring 15 feet! We're off to improve our designs to better meet the goal of the challenge! We're pumped!
As fifth graders design and test their rockets, they are quickly seeing how the designs that they so carefully planned are panning out. They are reflecting upon whether their rocket design met the criteria of the challenge. Check out their work below...and be on the lookout for improvements in their designs!
Fifth graders are TRUE aerospace engineers! Creating a plan for their rockets, they are now in the testing phases, placing the rockets they designed on the launch pad. The group above quickly learned how important their propellant choice must be. Be on the lookout for more examples of how their rocket designs work.
Is it okay if their rockets fail? Absolutely! They're one step closer to realizing what can work to meeting the criteria of the challenge!
With our parachute experiments on halt (we ran into an issue of our supplies running out and Mrs. Brinza needed to order more...oops!), we're beginning our rocketry designs! Fifth graders are trying to design rockets that:
1. Fly the farthest.
2. Fly the highest.
3. Are in the air the shortest amount of time! (We want to get to our destination quickly!)
This week, fifth graders learned rocketry parts and had time to explore the various propellants that are available for them to use. Making comparisons between propellant options allows students to see the benefits and drawbacks of each. We'll be finishing our brainstorming and planning sessions this week and next week, we'll officially build and test our rockets! See some fifth graders' brainstorms below!