MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- As part of this summer’s Co-Op Camp at the elementary level, fifth graders, and some fourth graders, had the opportunity to launch a rocket as part of an all-new science curriculum created by Co-Op Science Instructor Carol Ann DelJuidice.
In advance of rocket launch day, campers studied rocketry design by visiting various websites such as PBS Kids' "Design Squad Nation" (http://pbskids.org/designsquad/) and NASA’s website (nasa.gov).
The children learned about water rocketry and how a rocket's design impacts aerodynamics and speed as well as the effect of air pressure.
Each camper was involved in the entire design process from start to finish, drawing prototypes of their rockets, brainstorming with others, and building the rockets out of basic household items (bottles, cardboard/paper, Styrofoam and duct tape).
They looked at how the shape of the wings and the nose affect the launch and studied Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion.