Launch into Energy Transformations

Students assume the role of propulsion engineers and aerodynamicists on collaborative Air Vehicle teams.  They are challenged to employ the iterative nature of the engineering design process to design, build, and test a nose cone system for a air pressurized-air and water fueled soda bottle rocket.  Students will conduct research based on their role, utilize complete research to choose a team prototype design plan, and sketch a schematic of their plan.  While testing, students will collect data regarding kinetic and potential energy and calculate the potential energy of their system.  Students will then label and explain energy transformations that take place during rocket launches.

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