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Amateur astronomers involved with the Morgan County Observatory Foundation were interested in working with after school students in astronomy. The middle school students are more interested in rocketry‚ so the observatory director decided to combine the two interests into one club. The observatory director was interested in rockets as a child and young adult and brushed up his skills in rocket building. The class spends half of the time each day building and setting off rockets and half the time each day studying astronomy.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: Ten
Range of Student Ages: Sixth to eighth grade
Duration of Activity: One and a half hours per week
What is the academic content of this activity?
A curriculum for rocketry is provided by NASA. Basic trigonometry is used to calculate rocket altitude. The observatory has developed a curriculum in astronomy specifically for middle school students.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
Students learn together as they build rockets in teams of three.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Students work in groups of three‚ splitting up the job of building the rockets. The group works as a team creating the rockets‚ with each individual taking responsibility for separate components.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
Students who stay with the rocketry class and learn skills become leaders in the rocket building teams.