Bottle Rocket Build-a-Thon

Bottle Rocket Build-a-Thon

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Description: 
Plans for Building a Bottle Rocket Launching Platform, and program details.
Number of sessions: 
7
Length of program session: 
60-120 minutes
Presenter(s): 
Andrew Moore
Audience
Primary Audience: 
Intermediate (Gr. 4-7 or aged 9-12)
Secondary Audience: 
Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)
Resources
Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.): 
- All Materials listed in Rocket Launcher plans (see attached PDF) - Sufficient outdoor space to conduct the launch safely - Additional Materials for Rocket Fins/Nose Cones. I used a combination of foam board, poster board and construction paper here, though other materials could also be used. - Glue Gun, Cutting Tools (Scissors, Exacto Knives), Scotch Tape -Markers & Pencils/Pencil Crayons - Rulers (optional, but recommended)
Community partners : 
Jasper Centre- Maple Creek
Budget for this program: 
$70-100
Evaluation
What were the goals/objectives of your program?: 
Teaching kids basic STEAM skills through hands-on maker programming.
Highlights - what worked well?: 
The Rockets themselves tend to launch very well! Kids get a real kick out of seeing something that they made launch into the air at a high rate of speed, and they seem to enjoy the building process.
What would you change about this program?: 
A greater variety of materials for kids to make their Fins/Nose Cones out of would be a good place to expand; I think more decoration time/material for the rockets themselves would also be useful, to allow the kids more opportunity to personalise their own rocket.
Copies of program publicity (newspaper articles, letters of appreciation, participant feedback, etc.):