Little Miami Intermediate Blog

Rockets teach about force, motion

Posted on: May 20, 2016

Ever dreamed about traveling to space? How would you design a vehicle to launch yourself into the stratosphere?

Sixth grade students at Little Miami Intermediate School took a closer look at space travel and tried their hand at rocket design when a team of scientists from iSpace visited last week.

iSPACE, a non-profit organization serving the Greater Cincinnati Region, provides engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs to schools, families and the community. LMIS students were learning about force and motion in their science classes and used the iSpace visit to design and launch their own rockets.

Starting with a small section of PVC plumbing pipe, students had to cover the rocket body and apply fins in a way that would make the rocket stable during flight. Then, using bicycle tire pumps and compressed air at 30 lbs. per square inch, it was launch time.

Check out the video to see how they succeeded.