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TRI-SCI 1 Video Launch

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Keywords: Rocket, Camera, Video, Aerospace
Subject(s): Art, Video, Social Skills, Technology, Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs, Writing, Reading, Information Skills, Photography, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Science, Journalism, Math, Speech and Language, Physics, History
Grades K through 4
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Capac Elementary School, Capac, MI
Planned By: Joe Fuller
Original Author: Joe Fuller, Capac
Objective: To have students successfully create on-board video during a model rocket lfight.

Materials: Construction materials for model rocket, launch equiptment, power supply, small digital video camera, rocket motor.

With the guided assistance of the teacher, students will construct model rockets capable of lifting a small payload of a digital camera aloft and record video of the flight. The camera can also be used to document the construction process. "Dummy" payloads of the same weight and size of the camera may be test flown to determine the most stable and likely successful configuration.

After the video flight, the images can be shared with the entire class.

Interdisciplinary activities may include:

Art - Painting and decorating the rockets, interpretations of the video.
Language Arts - Writing exercises, including descriptive, instructive,emotive and narrative. Vocabulary. Poetry.
Social Studies/History - Students can research and report on aerospace history as well as the history of image capture.
Mathematics - Measurements
Science - Forces and Motion
Technology - History, development and future of image capture

Evaluation: Determined upon successfully completing the task.
Thank You for this opportunity.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
See above lesson plan
Videos can be warehoused and shared with future students.
Local newspapers can be contacted for press.
Materials: Video Cameras, Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, Digital Cameras, Camera/Video Accessories, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Memory Cards, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Math, Elementary, Science, Autism, Cause and Effect, Speech and Language
Other Items: 510 Flying Model Rocket Kit, $10.00 each, total of $5100.00
510 Model rocket motor, $2.00 each, total of $1020.00
5 Launch systems, $20.00 each, total of $100.00