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Adventures in Rocket Science

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Authored by National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This guide was prepared as a tool useful for informal education venues (4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.), science clubs and related programs, and can be adopted for formal education settings. An exciting and productive study in rocket science can be implemented using the selected activities for the above-mentioned settings. The guide’s activities can be correlated to meet formal education’s core curriculum objectives or used for ancillary enrichment and extension activities.

The series of activities in this guide require basic, inexpensive materials. They demonstrate fundamental principles of rocket science. The activities were selected and organized around the target concepts of altitude, velocity and acceleration (i.e., height, distance and speed). The Adventures in Rocket Science Activity Matrix on page v organizes the activities by suggested grade level bands as well as target concepts.

Examine the matrix for a grade level band (e.g., grades 1-3). Select a target word located in that grade level band (e.g., velocity). The activity, “Move It!” will address the concept of velocity. Activities are included within each grade level band to address the three target concepts. Some activities can be used to address multiple target words. The length of time for each activity is approximately one or two hours with the exception of the Project Enterprise activity which can take up to two weeks to complete.

The guide includes a compilation of NASA- developed and originally developed activities that emphasize hands-on involvement, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. Project background and an edited, student-friendly version of The History of Rocketry is included. The guide includes an appendix with construction directions for various project activities, safety guidelines and a glossary of terms.

Publication Date:
Jul 17 2014
150054535X / 9781500545352
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Technology & Engineering / Aeronautics & Astronautics


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