Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Prototyping Paper Rockets - Section 3: Prototyping a Rocket


At this point in the year, this is my students' first experience with the Engineering Design Process and I purposely don't mention the process. I keep this activity fun and engaging for everyone. After this activity is over I explain that each time we built a better rocket we were prototyping a better design. During subsequent engineering projects I am much more formal about the process, since the kids now have an experience to draw from.

  Teaching the Engineering Process
  Problem-based Approaches: Teaching the Engineering Process
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Prototyping Paper Rockets

Unit 12: Engineering and Design
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to build a model rocket with minimal instruction so that by working through building multiple prototypes they will learn the principles of rocketry.

Big Idea: Show them how to build a simple paper rocket and step back.

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