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TECH:Model Rocketry - Air Powered (Trans)

Time Frame

3 class periods of 45 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups

Life Skills

Thinking & Reasoning


Melvin Robinson


Through the experience of flying a rocket, the student will appreciate the importance of fin alignment, how the laws of physics affect the flight of a rocket and the elements of aerodynamics that are displayed in rocket flight. They will also utilize basic Trigonometry to calculate rocket altitude.


1- 1/2” x 6” cardboard tube
2- 11/4” x 8” card stock (fins)
3- 1/2” x 1/2” dowel
4- 8xxx cork
5- 1” brad nail
6- 1’’ drinking straw
7- Air Launch Apparatus

Background for Teachers


Resources for materials:
1- Rocket tubes.......CARAUSTAR industrial and consumer products group
2585 South 2570 West
S.L.C. UT. 84119

2- Corks, straws, dowel...PITSCO
P.O. Box 1707
y, Kansas 66762-1707

Intended Learning Outcomes

1- The Student will describe the evolution of rocketry and the impacts of aerospace technology.
2- The Student will explain the basic principles of flight and basic physics of motion.
3- The Student will design, construct, and launch a small rocket.

Instructional Procedures

Before begin the actual creation of the rocket: Student will read the related information in rocketry unit, know the key words and definitions, complete the rocketry unit worksheet.
Steps for designing and creating rocket:
1- Draw a sketch of the parts of a rocket
2- glue dowel piece onto the big end of cork to make nose cone
3- Trace and cut out three fins
4- Make a fold on the root edge of fin
5- Mark and draw fin alignment lines on rocket tube
6- Glue fins on rocket ( glue folded tab onto body tube )
7- Glue nose cone on rocket tube
8- Glue straw segment next to fin along the rocket tube
9- Lauch the rocket.
10- Student will collect launch and flight data in order to determine altitude of rocket flight.

Created: 07/25/2002
Updated: 01/21/2018