It is also useful to bring this session to life with some footage of real rocket launches and introducing the children to some of the current developments in Space Flight.
There are so many great videos available on the internet but in particular we like the ESA video 'The Soyuz Launch Explained' which takes the viewer step by step through the different stages of launch. We also like to inlcude video footage of both Tim Peake and Helen Sharman's rocket launches.
The exciting developments in the Space X programme are also really interesting to share with children.
These rockets are simple to make, require very little resources and can lead to a wealth of science investigations. Even better every child can make their own rocket and take it home with them. You will need:
If you are then going to develop the activity into a Science or Maths lesson you will need measuring equipment such as stopwatches, tape measures and protractors.
We have found that the children from Year 3 to Year 6 find them relatively easy to make but younger children need more support. Use the links below to find clear written step by step instructions and a video to introduce the activity to your group.
You can draw some great Science out of a rocketry activity by discussing forces involved and beginning to think about streamlining. It is also an opportunity to create some historical links by introducing the children to Sir Isaac Newton and his laws of motion. In addition there is a lot of scope for developing the children's skills in 'Working Scientifically' through accurate measuring, pattern seeking and developing their understanding of fair tests by changing variables.
Resources and Links
- Instructions from the ESERO International Space Station Kit (ISS) can be down loaded here.
- NASA Education Resources have also created this guide which includes a template for the SLS rocket which can be downloaded here.
- There is a great 'How to....' video made by the Australian Company Kidspot which is available on Youtube which can be viewed here.
- NASA Rockets Educators Guide can be viewed here.