Aerospace engineering is one of the most fascinating branches of engineering. Aerospace engineers focus on the development of technologies that fly both above and below the earth's atmosphere. This means they must know the design, construction, and the science behind the forces and physical properties of rockets, parachutes, aircraft and other spacecraft like satellites. How exciting!
With their rocketry challenge complete, fifth graders are writing a recommendation to a fictitious aerospace engineering firm to determine which of their rocket designs should ultimately be built. Using the criteria of the challenge as a guide, ideally their recommendation should meet the most criteria. Check out their work above, and see which of their designs they choose. Great work aerospace engineers!
So while baking soda and vinegar reacts too quickly...alka seltzer and water take too long. Would alka seltzer and vinegar be the right combination to get their rockets flying far and high?
Fifth graders are completing at least three rocket iterations...
Examining the criteria of the challenge, which design actually best meets them?
ONLY TIME WILL TELL before they figure out which rocket combinations work best! Keep up the great engineering fifth grade!
With each design, fifth graders are reflecting upon their tests and seeing how their rocket either met or failed to meet the criteria of the challenge. Ultimately, the goal is to get their rocket as far and high as possible.
With each iteration, fifth graders are considering how making a small change could drastically effect each rocket's performance. There isn't a single rocket design that looks like another, so creativity is at the forefront of this challenge!