Think like an Engineer!!
Today we got to put our engineering thinking caps on to create our own test rockets. We had to think about key design elements like strength and durability, safety and stability, and efficiency and reliability.
We used the engineering design process to help create our rockets. There are four steps we had to think about:
- What problem did we need to solve?
- Use our imagination to think of some ideas and put them down on paper
- Create a model to test our ideas
- Improve our model to make it better
Our ambassadors supported us to think about the 3 laws of motion and how an object moves through space. We also learnt that there are some important design aspects that we needed to include in our plans like a 'nose cone' and 'fins'. This will help our rocket fly high in the sky without flipping.
Next week we will launch our first test rockets and then see how we can improve them to fly better.
Here are some pictures from our session today:
|Dietrich and Isaac checking our workmanship|
|One of the test rockets ready for launch|
|Busy looking for the right materials to use for our rockets|