About Maniac’s STEAM workshop - Rockets and Eruptions
The incursion is 90 minutes long and children get to take their creations home. ($15 per student for 10- 30 children) - Recommended age: 4 -12 years. (Flexible based on child ability and parent/teacher involvements)
Rockets and eruptions incursion
Is there anything more fun than an explosive science experiment? With this collection of explosive, fizzy and sometimes messy science activities we indulge our urges to blow things up (safely, of course).
In this incursion, students are introduced to different ways of launching rockets (air-powered, water-powered, chemical reaction and physical power). It uses the theme of rocket science to introduce children to the basics of forces and the response of an object to external forces. Through hands-on activities they explore that a rocket is subjected to four forces in flight; weight, thrust, and the aerodynamic forces lift and drag.
We'll look at many different kinds of rockets, from stomp rockets, bottle rockets, rubber band launchers and chemical eruption rockets Children then participate in a Rocket building STEM challenge: They can pick one ( or more if they have time) of the following activities to complete:
• Straw Rockets:
This activity provides students with a template that creates a rocket that can be launched from a soda straw. They are then challenged to modify the design to see how the changes impact the rocket performance. Length, fin shape or angle can be changed–one variable at a time–to see how the rocket launch performs and compares to the control design.
• Stomp Rockets
Students construct and launch paper rockets using an air stomp launcher. Based on the flight performance of their rockets, children can then analyse their rocket designs, modify or rebuild them, launch again, and determine if their changes affected the performance of the rocket.
• Balloon Rockets
The balloon rocket stem challenge gets kids thinking and problem-solving. Children will be given supplies and challenged to move a balloon from one side of a room all the way to the other without touching it.
After this lesson, students should be able to:
• Describe different forces that act on a Rocket.
• Understand how an air pressure rocket work.
• Understand how chemical eruptions can launch a rocket