Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics with 25 Projects

Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics with 25 Projects

Do you ever wonder how rockets soar into space? Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics introduces students to the fascinating world of rocketry and ballistics. Readers discover the history of rocket development, from the earliest fire arrows in China to modern-day space shuttles, as well as the main concepts of rocketry, including how rockets are launched, move through the atmosphere, and return to earth safely. Exploring the science behind rocket flight, kids learn how the forces of thrust, gravity, lift, and drag interact to determine a rocket’s path, then imagine new uses and technologies in rocketry that are being developed today and for the future.

Combining hands-on activities with physics, chemistry, and mathematics, Rocketry brings fun to learning about the world of rocket science. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars illuminate the topic and bring it to life, while Words to Know highlighted and defined within the text reinforce new vocabulary.

Projects include building a pneumatic blast rocket and launcher, determining the role of fins in rocket stability, testing a rocket recovery system, and designing a rocket model of the future. Additional materials include a glossary, and a list of current reference works, websites, and Internet resources.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL Z

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physics
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Caitlin Denham 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619302365
  • Hardcover, 9781619302327

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Do you ever wonder how rockets soar into space? Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics introduces students to the fascinating world of rocketry and ballistics. Readers discover the history of rocket development, from the earliest fire arrows in China to modern-day space shuttles, as well as the main concepts of rocketry, including how rockets are launched, move through the atmosphere, and return to earth safely. Exploring the science behind rocket flight, kids learn how the forces of thrust, gravity, lift, and drag interact to determine a rocket’s path, then imagine new uses and technologies in rocketry that are being developed today and for the future.

Combining hands-on activities with physics, chemistry, and mathematics, Rocketry brings fun to learning about the world of rocket science. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars illuminate the topic and bring it to life, while Words to Know highlighted and defined within the text reinforce new vocabulary.

Projects include building a pneumatic blast rocket and launcher, determining the role of fins in rocket stability, testing a rocket recovery system, and designing a rocket model of the future. Additional materials include a glossary, and a list of current reference works, websites, and Internet resources.


Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“3…2…1…blast off! Get ready to learn about rockets and ballistics with hands-on experiments. . . Overall, this book will be essential to science teachers and children who aspire to work for NASA.”

Booklist April 1, 2015 Featured in Blast Off! Summer-Learning Challenge
The Science and History of rocketry are combined with hands-on experiments for a rich exploration of space propulsion. Would be rocket scientists will find a sold launching pad here.”

Booklist
“. . . both the hands-on portions and the relatively extensive background information will give would-be rocketeers a strong lift-off.”

Vince Huegele, National Association of Rocketry Education Committee Chairman

“This book covers rocket history, rocket science, and rocket fun. It’s a comprehensive overview useful for young readers to get them ready to explore the universe.”

Sampo Niskanen, developer of the OpenRocket simulation software
“A great introduction to rocketry for children and adults alike. The book combines hands-on experimentation, history, and the science behind rocketry in an inspiring manner.”

Marla Conn, educational consultant
“I love the link to the Space Shuttle Discovery and other primary sources. Great use of questioning to spark curiosity!”


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Projects

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Aeolipile

In this project, you can recreate the work of the Greek mathematician Hero, using water instead of steam. The basic principle of action and reaction is the same—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As the water shoots out of the holes in the carton, it pushes on the carton with an equal force.

NOTE: This project is best performed outside.

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Author-Illustrator

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Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Caitlin Denham

Caitlin Denham is a text-image artist and a 2014 BFA in Writing candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With 10 years of graphic design experience, she produces work influenced by the communicative modes of visual language. Caitlin lives in Crown Point, Indiana.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: Z
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Physics, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“3…2…1…blast off! Get ready to learn about rockets and ballistics with hands-on experiments. . . Overall, this book will be essential to science teachers and children who aspire to work for NASA.”

Booklist April 1, 2015 Featured in Blast Off! Summer-Learning Challenge
The Science and History of rocketry are combined with hands-on experiments for a rich exploration of space propulsion. Would be rocket scientists will find a sold launching pad here.”

Booklist
“. . . both the hands-on portions and the relatively extensive background information will give would-be rocketeers a strong lift-off.”

Vince Huegele, National Association of Rocketry Education Committee Chairman

“This book covers rocket history, rocket science, and rocket fun. It’s a comprehensive overview useful for young readers to get them ready to explore the universe.”

Sampo Niskanen, developer of the OpenRocket simulation software
“A great introduction to rocketry for children and adults alike. The book combines hands-on experimentation, history, and the science behind rocketry in an inspiring manner.”

Marla Conn, educational consultant
“I love the link to the Space Shuttle Discovery and other primary sources. Great use of questioning to spark curiosity!”


Projects

project image

Aeolipile

In this project, you can recreate the work of the Greek mathematician Hero, using water instead of steam. The basic principle of action and reaction is the same—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As the water shoots out of the holes in the carton, it pushes on the carton with an equal force.

NOTE: This project is best performed outside.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image
For More Information
carlamooney.com

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Caitlin Denham

Caitlin Denham is a text-image artist and a 2014 BFA in Writing candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With 10 years of graphic design experience, she produces work influenced by the communicative modes of visual language. Caitlin lives in Crown Point, Indiana.