It IS Rocket Science! STEM Integrated Project
This is a fun project. Students will create rockets of their own and launch them. They will be in competition to get the highest altitude achieved. Along the way they will learn many skills in CAD software, printing parts on a 3D printer and mathematics skills of plotting various quadratic equations on a graphical calculator.
The software tool used in this project is Solidworks but students create their parts for their rockets in 3D on any 3D CAD software of their school's choice. Students will create a rocket base including the fins and the nose cone. The nose cone uses an equation for parabolas to create each side of the nose cone shape. They then print the parts and assemble the rockets including a commercially available hobby model rocket engine.
This unit is brought to you by Dave Niemeyer (CTE) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gregg Witkin.