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(PART 4) Applied STEM: Rocketry and its Components


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Keywords: STEM, Rocketry, Aeronautical Engineering
Subject(s): No
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
View Full Text of Standards
School: Stanton Middle School, Kent, OH
Planned By: Edward Hawks III
Original Author: Edward Hawks III, Kent
(Part 4)

VIII. Specific Lesson Plans for Tuesday, March 1, 2011 (Periods 7-9)
(Where does this lesson occur in the unit? Which objectives/standards will be involved? Outline
the lesson using time-frames, what will be done by instructor and students, and type of physical
grouping arrangement.)

 Today’s lesson occurs under the informational and assessment/evaluation phases of this unit.
 Objectives/Standards: (Students will . . .)
o Evaluate observations and identify reasons for any possible discrepancies (anomalies).
o Use evidence and observations to explain and communicate the results of investigations.
o Explain why results of an experiment (test) might be different than that for which was hoped.
o Modify initial conclusions; propose and justify new interpretations and predictions as additional data are collected.
o List and explain all possible outcomes in a given situation. (Engineering Data Logs)
o Compare what should happen (expected results) with what did happen (actual results) in an experiment (as they apply to Scientific Inquiry with testing each phase during rocketry flight).

 Lesson Outline:
o Instructional Space Physical Setting: There will be 12 cognitively identified gifted students participating (5 males; 7 females) / Instructional setting is located in room G169 (GT room, former science lab)

o Participating Students (Grade 6, Group B)
 (Purposely not published)

o Time Frame: Approximately three class periods (7-9)
 DVD Storyboard Timeline
• (00:00 – 00:37) Report and Evaluation Opening and list of 6th grade rocket engineers (Play through)
• (00:37 – 00:46) Motivational Sidebar: Number of China engineers being graduated to the U.S. (Pause and read)
• (00:46 – 00:52) Objectives/Standards Title (Play through)
• (00:52 – 00:58) Standard #1 (Read with students)
• (00:58 – 01:04) Standard #2 (Read with students)
• (01:04 – 01:11) Standard #3 (Read with students)
• (01:11 – 01:18) Standard #4 (Read with students)
• (01:18 – 01:24) Standard #5 (Read with students)
• (01:24 – 01:35) Standard #6 (Read with students)
• (01:35 – 01:49) Launch #1 (Play through launches #1-20)
• (01:49 – 02:03) Launch #2
• (02:03 – 02:11) Launch #3
• (02:11 – 02:44) Launch #4 & retrieval
• (02:44 – 03:24) Launch #5 / Hold / 2nd Attempt
• (03:24 – 03:40) Prepping Dylan’s Rocket
• (03:40 – 04:15) Launch #6 & Results
• (04:15 – 04:31) Prepping Jacob’s Rocket
• (04:31 – 05:05) Launch #7 / Hold / 2nd Attempt
• (05:05 – 05:26) Launch #8
• (05:26 – 05:52) Launch #9
• (05:52 – 06:13) Launch #10
• (06:13 – 06:30) Launch #11
• (06:30 – 06:48) Launch #12
• (06:48 – 07:06) Launch #13
• (07:06 – 07:36) Launch #14
• (07:36 – 08:01) Launch #15
• (08:01 – 08:23) Launch #16 & Anomaly
• (08:23 – 08:52) Launch #17
• (08:52 – 09:17) Launch #18 & Anomaly
• (09:17 – 09:38) Launch #19
• (09:38 – 10:00) Launch #20
• (10:00 – 10:06) “What did you observe . . .?” (Read with stu.)
• (10:06 – 10:12) “Discrepancies?” (Read with students)
• (10:12 – 10:19) “Acceptable limits?” (Read with students)
• (10:19 – 10:25) “How should they have performed?” (Read w/ students)
• (10:25 – 10:50) Review of Launch #18 (Play through)
• (10:50 – 10:58) Launch #18 nominal function & anomalies (Read with students)
• (10:58 – 11:07) “Possible Reasons for Anomalies” (Play through)
• (11:07 – 12:25) Anomalies / Stability / Factors of Drag (Read with students)
• (12:25 – 12:31) Final Thought (Read with students)
• (12:31 – 12:36) Musical Soundtrack Credits (Play through)
• (12:36 – 12:42) Assessment over Time: Using your data logs, engineering packets, and available resources, continue to design and construct your phase 1 test rockets. All components must be properly calculated and measured and must pass the Hawks Inspection. Proposed launch #2 in two weeks. . . (Data will be recorded and video footage compared with previous test launches for nominal flight or possible anomalies, which will be addressed.)
Materials: Whiteboards, Video Cameras, Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, DVD Camcorder, Hi-Def Camcorder, Digital Voice Recorders, Microphones, Electronics, Televisions, DVD/VCR Players, Calculators, Middle School, Video Tools, CDs and DVDs, Camera/Video Accessories, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Memory Cards, Math, Middle, Science, Office Suite, Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Integrating Technology