In this activity, students use a rocket launch simulation. They change variables such as thrust to make a rocket go as high as possible.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • investigate how thrust, time of thrust and mass of a rocket can be changed to make a rocket go as high as possible
  • explore how drag influences the height reached by a rocket
  • explore how the speed and forces acting on a rocket change during a launch
  • explore how the changing mass of a rocket (as propellant is used and ejected) affects the speed and height of a rocket.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student record sheet.
    Published 30 November 2011