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Rocket Science Lecture, Con't.

Day 3 (3 hours)

  • Lecture on chemistry and physical configuration design of solid propellant rocket motors.
  • Lecture and direct hands-on work with model rocket electrical ignition and launch safety systems.
Day 4 (3 hours)
  • One-hour computer lab for students to learn how to use model-rocket computer software for flight performance prediction, stability, launch facility set-up and determination of height of apogee.
  • Lecture on rocket motors and physical payload structures actually used at Poker Flat Research Range.
  • Describe how scientists coming to Poker Flat Research Range use scientific experiments aboard sounding rocket payloads to study the aurora.
  • Complete construction of high-power model rockets.

Day 5 (3 hours)
  • Teaching practicum with middle school student volunteers.
  • Launch team-built, high-power model rockets.
Student Evaluations:
  • Each student will be asked to write and submit to the instructor for a grade a one-page paper describing two curriculum elements they could use in their own classrooms. This paper must be submitted within one week after the last day of class. Rocket Science Lecture Part 1

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