Students create rockets to learn Newton’s Laws

Posted: April 25, 2016 in Academics, Project-based Learning, Science
Faith and AJ make paper rockets while learning about Newton's Laws of Motion in Mrs. Roach's science class.

Faith and AJ make paper rockets while learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion in Mrs. Roach’s science class.

By Chelsey McCarthy
Cougar News Blog

     At Cactus Canyon teachers like to give students hands-on experience to teach lessons. Regan Roach demonstrated Newton’s Laws of Motion by having students create paper rockets.
     The students first started off with making a flip chart and playing a card game to get a basic understanding of the laws. After she thought the students were ready, she gave them a project to start. Roach has picked paper rockets for her class project.
     The students had a choice to work with a partner or individually to create a functional paper rocket. She is supplied each student with one water bottle, two index cards, two pieces of printer paper, and four bendy straws. Then students used their creative minds to start the journey of making a rocket.
     “I wanted students to work with something (hands-on) to learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion and how it changes,” said Roach.
     The students said the paper rocket topic is weird and unusual, but is unique because they’ve never done such a thing before. The unique challenge was that students had to make the rocket fly without using their hands.
     “The project is very confusing at first, but once you know how to make the rocket and get an idea on how to make the rocket fly, it is really interesting and less confusing,” said Emily Lewis.
     After the projects were complete, some students had the opportunity to compete against one another.
     Mrs. Roach lined up three targets, the closest target is worth 10, the middle 20, and furthest 30 points.
     “There (were) three targets, each at a different height and distance from the starting point,” said Roach.

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