Is mankind ready to inhabit the moon? With a little help from Engineering for Kids® students, humans will be prepared to take up residence by the end of the week! Students will collaborate with their Space State teams to create the safest and most effective community on the moon. Which team will earn enough Astro-Points to be declared the winner?
During Out of this World camp, students will explore three fields of engineering: aerospace, civil, and chemical. Collaborating with their Space State teams, they will design and construct a variety of projects that will enable mankind to safely inhabit the moon.
In this activity, students will build straw rockets to help them understand the properties of flight and how they can be modified to propel a rocket. They will investigate how the overall design components of a rocket, including the nose cone and fin, play a role in the rocket’s trajectory and distance traveled.
Extension: Straw Rockets Math Extension
For this lesson extension, students will record statistics about their rocket trial runs onto a provided worksheet.
Students will build lunar landers to help them understand how potential and kinetic energy relate to the motion of objects, and investigate weight distribution and how this can affect the landing of an aircraft.
Extension: Lunar Lander Math Extension
For this math extension, students will fill out a chart by surveying other groups about their sustainability and survivability.
Students will use various materials to build a bridge, identifying strong and weak points on their model bridges. They will understand the basic structure of a truss bridge, and design and build the most efficient design using limited materials.
Each student will design and power a bottle rocket that will propel a cap in the air by combining baking soda and vinegar. Students will identify the different components of their bottle rocket and the functionality of their real-world counterparts, understand how different propellants affect flight duration, and discuss what role chemical composition plays in the flight of a liquid propellant-based aircraft.
Extension: Lift Off Math Extension
In this lesson extension, students will fill in a chart based on each flight of their rocket and answer questions about their chart.
Students will design and construct a functional bottle rocket that will be powered with water and air only. They will Investigate different components of their bottle rocket and the functionality of their real-world counterparts, and understand how different propellants affect flight duration.