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Yes! We are Rocket Scientists!

by: J. Trevor Macduff

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Launch your middle school students' interest, incorporate hands-on/minds-on learning, and focus on inquiry learning while still meeting state and national standards by implementing the following water-bottle rocket activity into your physical science curriculum. This article is an outline of how one teacher enlisted the help of two volunteer engineers to create a powerful learning unit and cumulative review for eighth-grade physcial science students. This unit reviews what students have learned during the school year regarding force, motion, Newton's laws, gas laws, and center of gravity.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2006Stock # ss06_030_01_48Volume 030Issue 01

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