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Taking science and technology to new heights

Rocket science includes ideas of forces and motion, how rockets work and some of the challenges for those wanting to make rockets go faster and higher.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Rockets.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Rockets.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    NZ’s first space launch

    Rocket Lab launched New Zealand’s first rocket to reach space in 2009. Innovative technology developed for this rocket has led to several international contracts for Rocket Lab.

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    A rocket will launch and keep speeding up as long as the force pushing it upwards is greater than the forces pulling and pushing it downwards.

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    Getting rockets into space

    Rockets launched into space can be suborbital (brief visit to space) or orbital (staying in motion around the Earth) or can escape Earth’s gravity to travel deeper into space.

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    Rocket control

    University of Canterbury PhD students Malcolm Snowdon and Avinash Rao are developing flight control systems for rockets. Electronic sensors measure changes in motion, and guidance systems operate...

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Rocket Lab launches into space industry

Peter Beck and Mark Rocket from Rocket Lab in New Zealand describe how the launch of...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Rockets....

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Rockets, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Rockets. Click on a name to find out more about...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Rockets.


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of rockets.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Rockets and...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Rockets  – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips and interactives that relate to Rockets.

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