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“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.”
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“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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The development of Rocketry
Basic Rocket Science: Newton’s Laws of Motion
Rocket Design and Construction
Taking Off: Launch!
Rockets in Flight
Coming Back to Earth: Rocket Recovery Systems
Rockets at Work