Audience versions of this page:
In this hands-on activity students learn how the Newton's Third Law of Motion is used in design considerations when engineers design rockets and launching parameters.
Students work in teams to design and construct stomp rockets and their launching devises. Students test their designs and discuss how their knowledge of Newton's Third Law of Motion can be used to modify their rockets to improve the distance that the rocket travels.
To prepare yourself and your students for this activity, view videos and read articles in the pre-visit section of the educator guide. Be sure to collect the teacher gathered the materials and select a suitable launch area (described in the educator guide) a week in advance of the scheduled classroom visit.