Lion’s Roar 04/12/2019

Engineering A Rocket Launch

Last week, high school engineering students at the Academy Campus designed paper rockets and launched them from a pressurized air cannon!


3… 2… 1… Blast Off!

The student-designed rockets varied in length from about 12 inches to nearly 20. After being shot off the pressurized air cannon, some of the rockets remained hanging in the air for almost six seconds. Using projection calculations, students then determined that many of their rockets reached an altitude of more than 100 feet! The passive flying rockets enabled students to experiment with Newton’s third law of motion in an applicable way.  Encouraging students to explore engineering, a rapidly growing career field, helps high school students dig into what they’d like to do after graduation.