Our school has joined the Hutt Science Centre, a Lower Hutt City Council funded initiative that provides a science teacher to support schools as well as access to many wonderful kits. Each kit is based around a theme and it comes with a few activities all ready set up including student sheets and teacher notes.
This week we have the Rockets kit and a few classes got to try out different kinds of rockets, as well as the science club who got to have some fun one lunch time.
We first tried out the film cannister rockets. Students had to work carefully and systematically so that we could find the optimal amount of water and alka seltzer tablet.
Preparing for launch
Waiting for blast off
Then the science club spent a rather cold and windy lunch time investigating air pressure rockets. We added an extra challenge which kept them going for quite some time - anyone who was able to catch a rocket won a chocolate fish!