Calculating rocket acceleration

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/397-calculating-rocket-acceleration
How does the acceleration of a model rocket compare to the Space Shuttle? By using the ...

Plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/654-plate-tectonics-volcanoes-and-earthquakes
The Earth rumbles and a hiss of steam issues from the top of Mt Ruapehu. Are these two events ...

Brief history of rockets – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1868-brief-history-of-rockets-timeline
This timeline looks at some of the historical aspects of rockets - taking science and ...

Getting rockets into space

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/394-getting-rockets-into-space
Rockets launched into space can be suborbital (brief visit to space) or orbital (staying in ...

Lift-off

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/389-lift-off
A rocket will launch and keep speeding up as long as the force pushing it upwards (thrust) is ...

Rockets and mass

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/391-rockets-and-mass
The mass of a rocket is important for two reasons – an object with less mass accelerates more ...

Causes of aerodynamic drag

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1346-causes-of-aerodynamic-drag
Aerodynamics is the study of how air flows over objects and the forces that the air and objects ...

Launch simulator challenge

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/407-launch-simulator-challenge
In this activity, students use a rocket launch simulation. They change variables such as thrust ...

Types of chemical rocket engines

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/393-types-of-chemical-rocket-engines
Chemical rocket engines use a fuel (something to burn) and an oxidiser (something to react with ...

Types of volcanoes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/648-types-of-volcanoes
Everyone knows what a volcano looks like – isn’t it a steep-sided cone with wisps of ash coming ...

Balloon car challenge

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/404-balloon-car-challenge
In this activity, students design and build a balloon-powered car to better understand the ...

Pedal power

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1348-pedal-power
Competitive cyclists have power meters to carefully monitor their training and race ...

The moving Earth

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1426-the-moving-earth
Isn’t it funny to think that the Earth is moving! If we stand perfectly still and look into the ...

Auckland’s volcanoes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/655-auckland-s-volcanoes
The city of Auckland is built on a volcanic field. There are 50 volcanoes within an area of ...

Magma on the move

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/651-magma-on-the-move
The high temperatures (900°C) and extremely high pressures that occur in the mantle layer of ...

Rockets and thrust

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/390-rockets-and-thrust
What is a rocket pushing against to make it start moving? Is it pushing against the ground? The ...

Water bottle rockets

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/406-water-bottle-rockets
In this activity, students make a water bottle rocket. They investigate the variables that ...

Volcanology methods

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/652-volcanology-methods
Scientists use a range of different methods to learn more about volcanoes. A volcanologist may ...

Reading rock core samples

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/643-reading-rock-core-samples
One important question that the scientists like Dr Phil Shane at The University of Auckland are ...

Investigating rockets – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/385-investigating-rockets-introduction
Rocket science includes ideas of forces and motion, how rockets work and some of the challenges ...

Introduction to rockets and space

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/402-introduction-to-rockets-and-space
In this activity, students view a PowerPoint presentation introducing some rockets, their ...

Rolling resistance

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1341-rolling-resistance
Rolling resistance is one of the forces that act to oppose the motion of a cyclist. It is ...

Investigating rocket motion

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/408-investigating-rocket-motion
In this activity, students investigate the motion of a rocket using a spreadsheet with graphs ...

Volcanoes – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1600-volcanoes-timeline
Uncovering our explosive past - a look at some of the historical aspects of volcanoes in New ...
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