When I go into a classroom, I usually try to give students some context for the project we're doing that day (what's the point if they don't understand the relevance?). For this project, I talked about the possibility of a manned mission to Mars and how we need a new rocket technology to get us there. Of course, we also need a very efficient rocket design that will make the most of the new technology.
I also talk about what we take when we go on vacation, and what things we must take to Mars or elsewhere when it could potentially be a one-way trip after a problematic landing. Sometimes (I haven't done it recently), we have a discussion about the fact that it might cost more than $1,000,000 to take 1 pound something into space. All these problems point to coming up with a very efficient rocket design:
- to make it safer for the astronauts
- to arrive at the destination faster
- to save money
|2nd grade Distance Strawcket Winners|
|2nd grade Spiral Trick Strawcket Winners|
|Other Strawcket designs from a 2nd grade class|
|4th grade Distance Strawcket Winners|
|4th grade Spiral Trick Strawcket Winners|
Sure, a lot of these designs may have problems with aerodynamics, but I don't feel that it's my job to curtail their creativity in any way.
The words to remember for my science project classes are - curiosity, creativity, and determination.
I hope you have fun with your strawckets.