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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Design a Poll

Design a Poll

From Big Data

Often, data is collected using a poll or survey. A poll or survey asks questions about people’s opinion on a topic. In this activity, you will design and conduct your own poll.

Take a Turing Test

Take a Turing Test

From Artificial Intelligence

In 1950, an English computer scientist named Alan Turing (1912–1954) devised a test to tell a person from a computer. You’re going to try this with a Chatbot. This is an online computer program that is designed to mimic a human.

Observing Forces Of Motion

Observing Forces Of Motion

From Projectile Science

When something moves, a lot is going on that we don’t see. But we can make deductions based on our observations of different movements! Try moving different objects on different surfaces and see what you learn.

Designer vs. Maker

Designer vs. Maker

From Industrial Design

The growth of factories and mass production allowed companies to separate the design of products from their manufacture. It became easier to produce goods that were affordable for many people. At the same time, separating design from manufacturing can cause some problems. In this activity, you will explore some of the differences between craft-based design and mass production.



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 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.”

“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
“It's a comprehensive overview useful for young readers to get them ready to explore the universe.”

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

Detailed Book Description

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.

Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology



Blast Off!

Chapter 1
The development of Rocketry

Chapter 2
Basic Rocket Science: Newton’s Laws of Motion

Chapter 3
Rocket Design and Construction

Chapter 4
Taking Off: Launch!

Chapter 5
Rockets in Flight

Chapter 6
Coming Back to Earth: Rocket Recovery Systems

Chapter 7
Rockets at Work