If you have students who are into sports, but not science, this might be the book that hooks them into STEM forever. When Leland Melvin was a kid and he wanted a new skateboard, his dad told him to build one. In the activity below, he tells kids how to build their own rocket racer. Then, he challenges kids to improve on his design by substituting his suggested materials with other materials. Be sure to check out the website link for other suggested activities.
Activity Name: Build a Rocket Racer
Activity Description: "When Leland wanted to buy a new skateboard, his father challenged him to build one. He soon learned how different aspects of design – the length and shape of the board or the size of the wheels – could change how fast the skateboard would go. Follow the directions below to construct your own rocket-propelled vehicle. You can experiment with ways to increase the distance your racer travels or its speed by modifying your design – just like Leland experimented with ways to make his skateboard go faster! If you build your racer with friends you can hold drag races for speed or compete for distance.
In this activity you will investigate basic forces that impact motion - position, velocity, and acceleration. All of these are related to Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion that govern our world and provide the foundation for rocket science. The three Laws of Motion deal with position, velocity and acceleration:
• Position is an explanation of where something is, based on a certain origin (or starting place).
• Velocity is the speed and direction something is moving.
• Acceleration is how velocity changes with time."
4N Essays Are Taking Off!
For the rest of the 2018-2019 school year, students will be writing essays about the books they recommend on our back bulletin board and their writing will be featured on our front bulletin board. Look for essays to be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Celebrate with us as we grow as readers and writers.