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In this exciting STEM project students will build and launch 12" cardboard rockets using an Air Powered Rocket Launcher. They will design their own custom rockets and launch them more than 100 feet through the air! Students will then explore how the shape and weight of the rocket, as well as, the shape and location of its fins affect how high and far the rocket will travel. As they continue their exploration they will build rockets using recyclable materials and then launch those rockets using pressurized water! The Air and Water powered rockets enables the young designers to create math and science experiments for velocity, aerodynamics, pneumatic, and force and motion. What a wonderful way to introduce young minds to the world of Aeronautics.

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Jabil-Up, Up and Away!

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School:
Eisenhower Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Stacy Howard 
Students Impacted:
25 
Grade:
Date:
October 31, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jabil - $500.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $475.90

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 50

The impact on the students in regards this project was tremendous.  The students were able to plan and build their own rockets using 16 ounce or 2 liter bottles.  They experimented with wing size and how it effected the flight of their rockets.  On lanuch day our rockets drew a large crowd of spectactors from kindergarten to fifth grade.  All were amazed at the hiehgt and distance these water powered rockets could fly.  All of this could only be possible through the generous funding of organizations like yours.  Thank You.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

In this exciting STEM project students will build and launch 12" cardboard rockets using an Air Powered Rocket Launcher. They will design their own custom rockets and launch them more than 100 feet through the air! Students will then explore how the shape and weight of the rocket, as well as, the shape and location of its fins affect how high and far the rocket will travel. As they continue their exploration they will build rockets using recyclable materials and then launch those rockets using pressurized water! The Air and Water powered rockets enables the young designers to create math and science experiments for velocity, aerodynamics, pneumatic, and force and motion. What a wonderful way to introduce young minds to the world of Aeronautics. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will experiment with the shape and weight of the rocket and the shape and location of the fins, to produce an Air Powered rocket that will travel the highest or farthest. Students will use their new found knowledge of rockets to design and build a bottle rocket that is powered by water. These activities will culminate in a challenge to design and build a rocket that will carry an egg into the air as high as possible and then return it to the ground unbroken. 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will gain a deeper understanding of Force and Motion, Aerodynamics and Pneumatic. Using the basic skills they have learned, they will be introduced to the possibilities of future careers in the fields of Aeronautics and Space Design, Pneumatic Engineering and Mechanics. 

 

Describe the Students

Eisenhower Elementary has an average enrollment of 750 students. More than 50% of our current enrollment are Second Language Learners (ELL). 100% our student population receive free lunch and breakfast. Each day students are challenged to go beyond their comfort zone to acquire new knowledge. STEM programs that are offered after school provide students the opportunity to delve deeper into interests that time does not afford in a normal classroom setting, as well as expose them to experiences they would normally not receive. The focus of this project is to introduce students to innovative resources and enriched activities that will promote interest in the STEM careers of the future. 

 

Budget Narrative

Each student will be provided with the materials needed to build (1) 12” cardboard rocket. Air and Water powered launchers will be available to conduct different experiments. Students will then be challenged to build (1) water powered rocket. Materials will be provided to accomplish that task. Each pair of students will receive the book “Bottle Rockets” as a reference as they design and build their rockets. Students will then document their experiments and results on a Science Display board,which will later be entered into the Pinellas County Schools Science Showcase. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Straw Rocket Starter Package $199.00
2 Straw Rocket Teacher's Guide $24.95
3 Straw Rocket Activity Guide $4.95
4 AP Launcher II $295.00
5 AP Rocket $36.00
6 Bottle Rocket Starter $285.00
7 Book-Bottle Rockets $25.00
8 Shipping and Handling $50.00
9 Cool Melt glue gun $36.00
10 Acrylic Paint $20.00
  Total: $975.90

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