Year 6 students finished their school week by launching hand-made rockets into the atmosphere. This exciting activity was designed to teach them about creating fair tests. As part of the activity, students were required to define a fair test and identify the controlled, dependent and independent variables.
Working individually, or in teams of two, the students constructed and launched paper rockets using a teacher-built PVC-pipe launcher.
The students followed the flight of their rocket and calculated the altitude their rocket achieved. Based on the flight performance of their rockets, they analysed their rocket designs. They then were given the opportunity to modify or rebuild them and launch again.
Back in the classroom they wrote a post-flight mission research report before signing off for the weekend.