Showing posts with label Rockets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rockets. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

How Rockets Fly - And DIY Model Rockets

This morning Jeff Bezos is blasting into space on a new rocket designed by his company, Blue Origin. The BBC has a succinct overview of how the rocket is designed to work. For a kid-friendly explanation of how rockets work, turn to SciShow Kids. Last week SciShow Kids released a video titled How Do Rockets Fly? 

Like all SciShow Kids videos, How Do Rockets Fly? offers an easy-to-follow explanation of the basic design and purpose of rockets. I particularly like the comparison of the weight of a rocket to the weight of one hundred elephants. Watch the video here or as embedded below. 


After watching the video about how rockets fly, take a look at the latest SciShow Kids video about how to build paper rockets. The video is based on the directions that NASA provides for making straw rockets and the teacher guide for making stomp rockets

Friday, May 9, 2014

Students Can Develop and Test Rocket Designs on OpenRocket

OpenRocket is an open source model rocket simulator that students can use to develop and test rocket designs. Students build their rocket designs by assembling pieces from the component gallery. As they add components to their designs students see the pieces fit together in a sequence. Selecting components is just one aspect of using OpenRocket. Students have to specify the characteristics of each component to make them function as a system in their rockets. When students test their designs the results are displayed as a flight graph.

I found three good OpenRocket tutorial videos on YouTube. Those are embedded below.




Applications for Education
OpenRocket does not have a slick interface, but the depth of customization and feedback more than make up for that. OpenRocket could be a great tool to students to use to test and see various physics concepts in action.

Thanks to Doug Peterson for sharing this on Twitter earlier this week.