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We (RocketEd, LLC) have developed a set of modular, reusable model rockets to enhance science education. We manufacture these rockets using 3D printing and continue to optimize the rockets and associated processes for fused filament fabrication (FFF). These rockets are the next step in model rocket evolution and we're excited to share them with you!
Included in these files are parts for 5 unique, modular, reusable model rockets. To learn more about their use, visit our website (https://gorocketed.com/meettherockets/).
We currently use Replicator-type printers to print the rockets. We've determined that these objects require careful printer calibration and part quality control if they're to be used safely and successfully. For more details on our methods, see our website (https://gorocketed.com).
- We print the finned sections and motor retainer rings at 100% infill.
- We print the nose cone bases at 10% infill.
- We print the body tubes and nose cone tips with a variant of 10% infill.
With our print settings, supports are not required. While a raft is not necessarily required, good print bed adhesion is critical for some of these parts.
Overview & Background
Model rockets can teach nearly any STEM subject out there! We've worked with many educators over the last few years to create curricula closely matched to science standards. You can find our curricula free of charge on our website (https://gorocketed.com/curricula/).
After completing our curricula, your students will have hands-on experience with graphing, distance, speed, velocity, the scientific method, data analysis, presentation, and more! We're always looking for ways to add content to our curricula.
Students are expected to learn:
- The scientific method
- How to describe motion (distance, displacement, speed, velocity)
- Presenting and interpreting data (graphing and presentations)
- How to safely build and fly model rockets!
This project is appropriate for:
- Children age 13 and up
- Early middle school through mid high school
- Science classrooms
- Summer camps
With the rockets and our curricula, you cover:
- Physical science
- Presentation skills
Specifically, our curricula (as of July 2016) may address:
- NM Science Strand I, Standard I, Benchmark I
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Middle School §112.18, Strand A
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Middle School §112.19, Strand A
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Middle School §112.20, Strand A
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, High School §112.38 (C1)
- NM Science Strand I, Standard I, Benchmark III
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Middle School §112.18, Strand C
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Middle School §112.19, Strand C
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Middle School §112.20, Strand C
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, High School §112.38 (C2)
- Common Core RST.11-12.9
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Math, Middle School §111.26 (C1, C3, C11)
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Math, Middle School §111.27 (C1, C3)
- TX Essential Knowledge and Skills for Math, High School §111.36 (C3)
Again, all of our curricula (which includes figures and detailed instructions) are available on our website (https://gorocketed.com/curricula/).
The gist of it is:
- Somehow, get yourself a set of these rockets
- Run through our curricula in order (starting with describing motion)
- These are several lessons of basic concepts that will be applied with an experiment involving the rockets
- Have the students create the experiment and assemble the rockets
- Fly the rockets and record data
- Analyze and present the data
Just focusing on building and flying rockets, the activity can take an hour.
If you teach all of our curricula and fly rockets, it will likely take about 4 lessons or hours.
Students should already have a basic understanding of math and science.
Teachers will need the rockets, a launch pad, launch controller, altimeter, and motors. [We offer sets of these on our website] (https://gorocketed.com/shop/).
Rubric, Handouts, and Assessments