Wild About Rockets – Wilder Elementary Students Launch Homemade Rockets

It was raining rockets on the playground at Wildrockets.jpgWilder Elementary. As part of their study of space, the fourth graders built their own rockets out of nothing more than paper, tape and a little clay. But prior to putting on their rocket science hats, the students studied Newton’s Laws of Motion and experimented with inertia, friction and building some simple balloon-powered rockets in class. Last night’s homework was in the form of a challenge: Build a rocket that will fit around a piece of 1/2″ PVC pipe. Read more about the rocket launcher.

As an introduction to blogging, the fourth grade students were given the task of posting their first blog entry about their rocket launch experience. They were encouraged to write about their classroom experiences yesterday while studying Newton’s Laws of Motion (yes, they learned how to whip the tablecloth out from under the dishes) and today’s rocket launch. You can read their comments below.

53 replies
  1. Anna
    Anna says:

    Yesterday and today was a great experience with Steve Spangler. We got to make our own rockets at home and launched them at school. Mine was pretty good. It went a long distance but not the farthest. If I were to make a rocket again I would probably make it tighter and a little lighter. The over all competiton was a thrill of excitment. It was amazing how far all of the rockets could go. All of the winning rockets had something in common. First, they all had wings. Next,they were very tight. Last, they just had the right ammount of weight.

  2. David
    David says:

    I learned that when pressure goes at the bottom of a rocket and there’s something blocking the top, the air shoots down and makes the rocket launch in the air.By learning all of this stuff we learned the laws of motion to learn about air and rockets.One of the laws of motions is you need an empty bottle,a hex nut,and a business card.First place the index card on the top of the bottle, put the hex nut over it,and try to get the nut inside the bottle without holding the business card.The secret is:You flick the corner and it will go in. If it fails try it again! We also learned other laws but you can learn them too by typing in Laws of motion on google.com, ask.com, mama.com, question.com, or search.com! There’s lots of fun and EXCITING experiments. Oh, and with the empty bottle, crumble a tiny piece of paper so it’s small, place it at the VERY edge of the bottle (inside it) and blow AS HARD AS YOU CAN! Once you see what happends, tell your mom how many times you get it at the end of the bottle (the inside). Thats how many times you’ll clean up in a week. Tell your friends to do it on their mom and everyone will have some FUN!

    My rocket didn’t do very well because it did not have good fins and flying material. There was 30 POUNDS used to launch it. Well, if I try it again I might have better luck. I’ve seen some rocket tops EXPLODE because they used scotch tape and scotch tape is an enemy to rockets. Duck tape is better to use because it’s alot stronger. The most important thing is that they tried their best and that’s all that matters.

  3. Miranda
    Miranda says:

    My Experience with Newton’s Law of Motion

    The rocket is pumped up with air which is pressure. Then by moving the tube in the rocket up and down this causes friction. If the tube is too tight or too loose you might not get the right amount of friction. The friction makes the rocket fly up in the air.

    My rocket did really good. I tied for 4th place in my class. I would change the height and the weight so that it would be lighter. Then it would fly further. I had too much fun on this project.

  4. Sarah P.
    Sarah P. says:

    Today we made our very own rockets! Mine went far but the diameter was not right so it did not win. Some kids were upset because they didn’t win, but I wasn’t. Our teams name was the “BF Flyers”. The group was made of Austin,Ryan,and Abby. Our class got 4th place. Ms. Ryan’s class got 1st,2nd,and 3rd. But I think that everyone did really well.
    We also watched Calebs trick rocket. I thought it was really cool.
    We then made a bridge for the champions to run under. One of my best friends, Jordan B. was a champion.
    Finally we all congradutaled each other and then we all went home. Our teachers got keep the rockets because they are going to be decorations for the room. Also the winners rockets get to go in a glass case. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we all tried and that’s important!

  5. samantha
    samantha says:

    Newton’s first and third law both relate to launching rockets. His first law was once an object is standing still it will stay still unless something moves it. That relates to launching rockets because once the rocket touches the ground it stays there until you pick it up. Newton’s third law relates to launching rockets because his third law is for every force there is an equal and opposite force. That reminds me of launching rockets because when the rocket is in the air gravity pushes it back down.
    When I launched my rocket I was very nervous. I got second place in the class round. Which meant I was in the finals. In the finals the top three finalist from each class competed to see who’s rocket would go the farthest.
    The competition was close. My rocket probably would have flown better if it was balanced otherwise it was a good flight!

    BY: Samantha

    P.S.I got in fifth place at the finals!

  6. Shay
    Shay says:

    Laws of Motion

    Isaac Newton’s first law of motion was that an object will not move unless another force moves it. This relates to the rocket launch because the rocket will not move until the air in the air compressor moves it. Newton’s third law of motion was that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This relates to the rocket launch because when the air compressor blew air into the rocket it cause the rocket to fly. Some rockets were too heavy and fell, or were not taped enough on the nose cone and it blew off.

    The Rocket Launch

    I had a lot of fun at the rocket launch. Even though my rocket did not go very far, I had fun watching the others go far. We tried our hardest to beat the other classes. We were not in first. All in all I had a great time at the rocket launch. It does not matter if you win or lose it is how you play the game. In the future I will not make my rocket as big as I did this time and maybe it will go further next time.


  7. Madi
    Madi says:

    Yesterday Steve Spangler came to our class to talk about rockets and the laws of motion. We did many experiments, but my favorite was the law of motion #1…huff & puff. All you need is a spitball & a bottle. Simply place the bottle flat on a table. Then put the spitball inside the bottle on the mouth of the bottle. Have your mom blow as Hard as she can without putting her lips on the bottle. If it pops back at her face, you’ve made a successful flight. This relates to launching rockets by the air pressure…every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

    In my opinion my rocket did very well. It simply didn’t go the farthest but it went really far. I could have made it go farther if I made the tube smaller. It took a lot of time, but it was worth it.

  8. Cameron
    Cameron says:

    I had a great time with Steve Spangler learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion. We also had to design rockets for a competition. We did experiments involving a plastic bottle, a yellow ring about ½ foot in diameter, a hex nut, and a 3by5 card. We put an object over the bottle and balanced the hex nut on top of it. Then we had to get the hex nut in the bottle without touching the hex nut and without holding on to the object between the bottle and hex nut. It was hard to do but not impossible. We learned that an object will never move unless something else moves it. This also means that we would have to power our rockets with something.

    The competition was to find out who made the best rocket. To power our rockets we used air. Our rockets were shaped like a pvc pipe. We used an air compressor attached to a pvc pipe to launch the rockets. My rocket was okay, but it didn’t make the finals. Next time I will make my rocket tighter and more balanced. I look forward to doing this again if I get a chance.

  9. David M.
    David M. says:

    My experience with the laws of motion was great! I had already done and heard everything you taught us from Scouts. The first law related to launching rockets because the air pressed into the inside of the rocket which forced it up because the air has to go somewhere and it goes down shooting air out forcing the rocket up.

    My rocket went two feet then I think the clay had a hole in it and my top came off. Next time I would seal the top with tape then put the clay on and finally the clay on top. It would then ensure no leaks.

  10. Alec
    Alec says:

    Steve Spangler taught us about the laws of motion. Newton’s first law says an object in motion will stay in motion unless another force acts against it. It also says that a body at rest stays at rest unless acted on by another force. Newton’s first law relates to rocket launches because the engine of the rocket pushes the rocket upwards. If the engine didn’t go the rocket would just stay there forever.

    Newton’s third law says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This relates to rockets because when the force of the engine pushes the rocket upward in the opposite direction of the force of gravity.

    Our class made our own rockets, and we got to launch them. My rockets was made up of paper, duct tape and cardboard fins on the bottom. Mr. Spangler had a tube that used forced air to shoot out the rocket. My rocket flew well. I got 6th place in my class out of 21 people. If I made my rocket tighter, with more duct tape, I would have done much better.

    I definitely liked this project and would like to do it again.

  11. CJ
    CJ says:

    When a rocket launches, the air pushes the rocket up and continues to move it in that upward direction. This is Newton’s first law of Motion. Then the rocket starts to go down to Earth. Gravity pulls it down. This is the second law of Motion. Newton’s third law of Motion says that for every force there is an equal and opposite force pushing against it. This law slows the rocket so it won’t keep going forever.

    My rocket did pretty well but I could have made it skinnier so it would go higher. I could make it lighter because it was kind of heavy. These changes would make my rocket fly better.

  12. Ginny
    Ginny says:

    I had a blast launching my rocket at school! We learned about Newton’s Laws of Motion. My rocket would have stayed at rest if a force hadn’t touched it, which is Newton’s first law, “an object will stay at rest until a force moves it.”? Newton’s 3rd law says that “for every action there is an opposite reaction”?. When my rocket took off (the action) there was an immediate reaction which was the gravity and the flow of air slowing it down and bringing it to a stop.

    My rocket made it off the launch pad, but it didn’t go very far. It landed about fifteen feet from the launch pad. If I could remake my rocket I would add another fin to my rocket since the top three people had three fins. I would also add a pointy tip so that it would cut through the air better. Even though my rocket didn’t go very far, I had a good time watching other people launch their rockets!

  13. Nicholas
    Nicholas says:

    Today at school we discussed different types of rockets. A rocket’s shape determines how high and how far it will fly. The longer and narrower the rocket is, the farther it will fly. We flew a rocket that was shorter and fatter that did not fly as far as the others. The shape of the top of the rocket also determines how far it will fly. Today we saw a rocket with a flat top fly further then a rocket with a cone shaped top. If I were going to build a rocket, I would make it long and skinny with a cone shaped top because it would fly farther then the others.

  14. Dorothy
    Dorothy says:

    On April 19, 2006 we learned about laws of motion. One of the are, you put a plastic ring (made from Steve Spangler) and place it on the top of an empty bottle, the you put your hex but over the ring and put two fingers out and push it to the side. We also learned some other laws.
    The next day we launched our rockets, mine came in dead last because it has flying stuff like good duck tape. Mine also had paper fins. So next time I will do better! Our top three had about 3-5 fins at the bottom,so they had better luck at winning.

  15. jack
    jack says:

    Yesterday we all learned about the laws of motion and we launched our rockets. I still am glad we all got to do this instead of homework. My rocket had 2 fins that were made out of tape. In our class, I came in 5th place. If we had a grade on this I estimate that I would of gotten an 80% 🙂

  16. Erin
    Erin says:

    Yesterday I learned about Newton’s Law of Motion, including Newton’s 1st and 3rd. We used a straw to show friction and air that work together during takeoff of a real rocket going to outer space. I launched a rocket that was made of paper, duck tape and stickers. My rocket went a soaring 10 feet and then crashed into the ground. I think I could have made it lighter and have had more wings.

  17. Alex
    Alex says:

    Tuesday and Wednesday we had a great experience with Steve Spangler!!! My rocket was made out of tag board and duct tape. My rocket got seventh place in our class. If I had to do it over again I would’ve made it tighter. I had a nose cone and three fins. It flew pretty well. All of my class’ top three had a nose cone.All in all we all had a great time!! Thanks Steve!!

  18. Colby
    Colby says:

    One of Newton’s Laws of Motion is, every action has an equal or opposite reaction. For example, when our class launched our rockets the air compressor forced the rockets to go up. They kept going because of Newton’s law. The next law says an object will stay in motion until something stops it. The rocket stayed in the air until gravity forced it down.

    My rocket did pretty well. It went about 30 feet. It went as far as most of the other rockets in my class. I would change my rocket by making it skinnier and adding an extra fin. The fin would make it more stable and spin in the air. Next time my rocket will go the farthest!

  19. Asha
    Asha says:

    Hey! My name is ASha and I read the book October Sky. It’s a book about rockets.My rocket went really far. I got 6th place in the whole class. Some suggestions: make sure your nosecone is REALLY taped on well. Most of the nosecones blew up. Put equal weight on the top and bottom. Your fins should be big and strong. Newton’s lawscome in handy. Every action has equal and opposite reaction. My rocket would stay on the launch pad unless the air pressure came. I hope that if Wilder Elementary gets to do rockets again, they will use these suggestions

  20. collin
    collin says:

    dear wilder elementry,
    wasn’t it cool? you know when we did it alot of rockets failed at first but you have to keep on pushing. if u added some weight and secured the nasel part your rocket will sour. just don’t put too much duck tape, trust me i learned the hard way. try putting extra tape on the nasel part and adding cley to it then you should have a rocket ready to fly. i think that you all had as much fun as we did happy rocketry!

  21. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Hi! I am a Willow Creek student and Steve came to our class to launch rockets with us because we are reading October Sky (a.k.a Rocket Boys) and it really helped me with my rocket. If you have time later, maybe you should read Rocket Boys. It might help you launch your rockets farther. My rocket went very far, so I should know.

    If Steve Spangler told you about Newton, you might know about newtons laws. Newton’s first law is: the tendency of an object to stay at rest until a force acts upon it. Newton’s third law is: for every action, their is an equal and oppisite reaction.

    If you launch your rocket again, I would suggest you tape your nose cone on very well. It makes the air that comes out of the compresser push back and lauch the rocket.

  22. Ethan
    Ethan says:

    Yo wilder students!!!

    I’m Ethan Kotel from WIllow Creek Elementary School and I did the very same thing with Steve.
    Might I suggest putting a ball of clay in the top of your rocket and glueing and taping it down. my first rocket didn’t get off the pad, but after the clay it placed 7th!!!! Also, put triangular fins at the back of your rocket and anchor them down securely. This will help your rocket glide on the air and go faster and farther. That’s all I’ve got to say for now!!!! Tell me how your next launch goes.

  23. Mercedes M.
    Mercedes M. says:

    Hey Wilder Elementary students!

    I am a student at Willow Creek Elementary and I did the same experiment that you did with Steve Spangler! By the sound of your rockets it doesn’t sound like they went very far. You talked about the nose cones and the bases of the rockets. Like they were to tight or too loose. It also sounded like your nose cones exploded off your rockets. i did some rockets too and they worked. My advice is to not use heavy paper and to hot glue your fins and nose cone. After that duct tape them on again. For the fins, I would cut triangular ones on then hot glue and tape them! Well, I hope you take my advice and keep on shooting on to the stars!!

  24. Shannon K.
    Shannon K. says:

    Hi Wilder Elementry 4th grade students!

    I am a 5th grader at Willow Creek Elementry. It seems that your rockets didn’t go as far as you planed. When we launched our first rockets, the same thaing happened to us. Only a few rockets went far. One thing that we changed on our second launch was we used A LOT of tape to hold our rocket nozzles. If you guys ever get the chance to do this again, that is my advise!!!! 🙂

  25. wade
    wade says:

    I am Wade. I launched rockets with steve at Willow Creek elementary. I reccomend that you should put clay in the nose cone. Also you should make the nose cone really tightly taped on to the rocket. You should use duck tape because it is stronger than other tapes. Also it seemed like the smaller rockets flew the farthest. Rockets that did not have wings did not go that far.

  26. Alec
    Alec says:

    A tip to you rocket kids is to seal the nose cone very well. So the nose cone won’t blow off. You might need to even out the weight all over your rocket. To help you might want to read the book October Sky by Homer Hickam. Strong fins will help and also put plenty of clay in the nose cone.

  27. Kelsie
    Kelsie says:

    For every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. The amount of air that the compressor pushes in, is the same amount that leaves the rocket making it fly, just like the wad of paper and the bottle experiment. These are Newton’s 1st and 3rd laws.

    My rocket at the Rocket Launch did okay because it didn’t go over the sidewalk but at least it went close to the sidewalk. On the final launch off of our class to determine you the top three were somebody’s rocket just stayed on the launch pad and the top went off. In the future I would make my rocket not as heavy to make it fly higher.

  28. Kate
    Kate says:

    Kate says:
    My experience with Newton’s Laws of Motion was thrilling. I learned that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We also learned that Earth has gravity. If gravity is pushing down, something else must be pushing up. Newton’s laws relate to launching rockets because in order for the rockets to launch gravity is pushing down on them and another force is pushing the rocket up. That is what I learned about Newton’s laws.
    When I actually launched my rocket it did really well. I got fourth place but the teacher said it was close, so we had a launch off. I got fourth place with the launch off. When we had the actual competition with all four classes our class got fourth place. In the future to make my rocket fly better I will make a flat nose. That is what I learned with Newton’s Laws of Motion and our fourth grade rocket launch.

  29. Austin P
    Austin P says:

    Flying our rockets was really fun, but first we had to study Newton’s Laws of Motion. One of the laws is an object will never move unless a force acts upon it. Our rocket would not have moved unless there was air compressing on it. That’s why we studied Newton’s Laws. Also, we did fun stuff with balloons and the thing magicians do when they pull the tablecloth from under the plates. Oh well, on to the rocket part.
    We launched our rockets the next day on the playground. Everyone (including myself) bet that mine would blow up because it looked all raggedy. It didn’t blow up and in fact, I got second place in my class and got to move on to the finals. The reason I thought it did good was because it was so light weight. Also, flat tops worked because all the top three rockets in my class had flat tops. Later we launched and I got 8th place out of the twelve finalists of the entire 4th grade. I really wouldn’t have changed my rocket because it was just perfect.

  30. Carson
    Carson says:

    Newton’s first law also says an object at rest will stay at rest until a force acts upon it. So if you launch a rocket it will keep going up in a straight pattern until a force acts upon it. Newton’s third law of motion states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For a rocket to go up it needs a force to push against gravity to get it up into the air.

    I wasn’t there to launch my rocket. But I heard it did ok. Two things I would change are to make it skinner and to put fins on it.

  31. Alannah
    Alannah says:

    Launching the rockets taught me so much about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Newton’s First Law says that if an object is still, it won’t move unless something moves it just like my rocket. If an object gets put into motion, then it will stay in motion until acted upon. As the air was forced into the rocket, the rocket shot into the air. Newton’s Third Law of Motion talks about forces on an object that result from friction and gravity. The friction from the air and the earth’s gravity pulled my rocket down, and it slid on the ground and came to a stop.

    I was excited to build my own rocket. I built the rocket out of construction paper, duct tape, and cardboard. I also used clay in the nose of the rocket for balance. My rocket flew pretty far. Next time I will use less tape, because tape can get heavy. The rocket would have flown farther if it were lighter.

  32. Conrad
    Conrad says:

    One of Newtons laws was that when something goes up something has to come down. This means that if you have a balloon filled with air, in order for the balloon to go up, the air inside must go in the opposite direction the balloon is going. Newtons third law is that in order for something to move, someone or something has to act upon it. For example, a bottle will stay on a table forever until something acts upon it by something hitting, bumping or moving it.

    In the rocket experiment, Newtons first law meant that if when the rocket went up then the air compressed in the rocket must come down. The 40 lbs of air compressed in the small space in the rocket got too compressed and had to get out. This launched the rocket into the air. The air acted upon the rocket to launch it into the air. This is an example of Newton’s third law.

    My launch was not what I expected. I got 9th in my class. My rocket went 5/8 the distance of the winner in my class. From my classmates that made it to the finals it seemed that a flat top and a skinnier circle helped a lot. I also learned that duct tape is too heavy and masking tape is perfect but too much could cause a big problem. The next time I make a rocket, I will make a smaller hole, use less masking tape so that it is lighter and can fly easier, and will make a flat top on it.

  33. Libby
    Libby says:

    What happened when Steve Spangler came to our school? Well, we the fourth grade talked about Newton’s first and third laws. His first law was Gravity: Everything that goes up must come down. His third law was for every action there is an equal or opposite re -action. They re -late to launching rockets by predicting what they are going to do. Like that they must come down and that they have a re-action to 30 pounds of air being pumped into them.
    When we launched our rockets, each class went at a different time of day, two classes in the morning and two in the afternoon. The top three kids in each class competed against each other and then we picked the winners whose rockets launched the furthest. My rocket did pretty good, I just wish that I would have made the body skinner so it would have flown further.

  34. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Newton’s laws of motion

    One law of motion is an object that is sitting still will remain still until a force is applied to it.

    Another law of motion is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

    These are Newton’s first and third laws of motion. These laws relate to rocket launching for several reasons. First a force or energy has to be applied like throwing it or air pressure or what NASA does is uses an explosion of gas from under the rocket. That causes a pressure bursting out of the bottom of the rocket, thrusting the rocket into the air in the opposite direction.

    At my school we launched our rockets by using an air compressor. My rocket flew the farthest in my class. I would try to make my rocket better by taping the end so it would be more aerodynamic.

  35. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    My ANGEL U.S.A. went up in the air because of Newton’s 3rd law, which is: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”? Air in the rocket went backwards, in an equal and opposite direction so the rocket could go up in the air. As soon as the rocket went in the air, the air went backwards. Once the rocket took off and there was no air in the rocket. The rocket still stayed in motion. This shows Newton’s 1st Law of Inertia.

    At first, I thought that my rocket would not launch. But it did! It took off! I was in third place until some people passed mine up. I would not put scotch tape on my rocket. I would put duct tape on it.

  36. Morgan
    Morgan says:

    Wild About Rockets

    Newton’s 3 laws relate to launching my rocket because for an action there is an equal and an opposite reaction. When the rocket is launched, it goes flying up in the air if there are no air holes in the rocket. If there are holes in it will not go anywhere. The opposite reaction is the rocket falling to the ground.

    My rocket got off the ground and passed the sidewalk. It stayed low to the ground and went far. If there was a hill it would have hit the hill and landed there. I would change in the future; I would make a flat top instead of a pointy top one because the flat-topped rockets went the farthest. I used play dough to make it air tight at the top and it made it too heavy. It was the most fun in space unit.

  37. Riggs
    Riggs says:

    Last week Steve Spangler came to our school to teach our class Newton’s Laws of Motion. My favorite trick he taught us was the Hex Nut Trick 1.

    Hex Nut Trick 1 – Use a business card, a disposable water bottle, and a hex nut. Place the card on top of the water bottle and then the hex nut on top of the card. Use your finger and “flick”? the corner of the card and the hex nut will drop into the bottle.

    Isaac Newton’s 1st and 3rd Laws relate to launching rockets because if the air is trapped inside the rocket it will force it to move in the direction it is pointing. My rocket went really far. I made it skinny and light. The next time I build one I will be sure to attach the cone on tighter so it won’t fall off.

  38. Abby
    Abby says:

    Newton’s first law of physics states that an object will not move, unless a force acts upon it. Such as, a paper rocket will not fly unless it is pumped with 30 pounds of pressure and released.

    Newton’s third law of physics states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As the 30 pounds of pressure is pushed to the top of the rocket, if there are no holes in the top, the rocket flies.

    My rocket was the furthest in my class and 9th overall. I am pretty proud of my rocket. It would have gone farther if I hadn’t used so much clay on top of my rocket. I liked this project- it was fun.

  39. Ben
    Ben says:

    My name is Ben I am going talk about my rocket launch and Newton’s laws of motion. My rocket sits on the ground and stays at rest until I launch it with an air compressor. This is Newton’s 1st Law of Motion. The air gets trapped in a chamber and then you turn a knob which releases the air into the rocket. This force of air causes the rocket to launch into the sky. The is Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion.

    I placed my rocket in the air compressor and aimed the rocket to the sky. Then Mr. Spangler turned a knob to make the rocket launch. My rocket got close to the top flying rockets and then came down and landed nose first. I think next time I might change my rocket to be more like a space shuttle. This might make it fly straighter next time.

  40. Chandler
    Chandler says:

    By Chandler Metzler

    Isaac Newton is famous for rockets. He had three laws and two of them are the 1st and 3rd. These two laws relate to launching rockets. The 1st law is, a body is incapable of changing its condition of rest, or of motion in a straight line at a constant speed, unless it is “persuaded”? to do so by some external force. The 3rd law is, to every action there is an equal or opposite reaction. These two laws relate to rockets because the 1st law there has to pressure going against the rocket for it to move. The 3rd law is there is always going to be a reaction when you launch your rocket and it could be any reaction that could do to your rocket.

    My Rocket Launch
    By Chandler Metzler

    My rocket launch did really better then I thought it would. It beat most of the kids in my class, but I still got beat and wasn’t close of getting 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. What I think of doing to my rocket to make it better is maybe make a new one. No tail ends, make it arrow dynamic, less duck tape, and last make it weigh less. This is my idea for making a better rocket if I ever in my life do the rockets again.

  41. Katie B.
    Katie B. says:

    First I’m going to talk about Isaac Newton’s 1st & 3rd laws. His 1st law states “An object will never move unless a force moves upon it.”? His 3rd law is “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”? Those are his amazing laws!! Those laws relate to the rocket launch because when the air pushes on the rocket it causes the rocket to go far. So when it is in the air the wind pushes on the rocket the opposite way it causes the reaction.

    I had a lot of fun at the Rocket Contest! Although my rocket did not go far at all, I still had fun watching the winners of the classes. I could not have had any more fun!! If I were to redo my rocket I would make it tighter and lighter.

  42. Samuel
    Samuel says:

    Newton’s first law of motion is that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion at the same speed and in the same direction. His third law of motion is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. They relate to launching rockets because the rockets need to use force to push off the ground into the sky and from the atmosphere into space. Gravity is pushing the rocket down but the rocket is pushing against gravity.

    My rocket didn’t do as well as it was supposed to. I aimed it straight, not up, and it only went about 25 feet. Next time I would have aimed it up. I would have added 2 more propellers and made it a little longer. I would also have taken some things off to make it lighter, I think what I used to make the fins was too heavy.

  43. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Newton’s first law of motion is that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion so if you set a bottle down it will never move unless it is forced to move. His third law of motion is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction so if air pushes into the rocket then the rocket will have to go up.

    My rocket did very well. It got second place for the fourth grade. When Steve Spangler did the pressure to 40, I was in first place. I think it did well because it was light and I had a good cone at the top. I didn’t use much tape, mostly glue. I had good firm wings. I put a lot of glue in the top to seal it so air couldn’t get through the top. The circumference was not too loose or too tight. I would change the cone on the top to make it firmer because when it hit the ground it smashed.

  44. Robert
    Robert says:

    Steve Spangler taught us about Newton’s Laws of Motion. His first law is that an object will not move unless it is moved by an external force. The second law is that force is equal to the change in momentum per change in time. Newton’s third law is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The first and third laws are vital to the success of our rockets because the first law tells us that we need to find a force to push our rockets and the third law gives us information for how to make our rockets fly.
    When I launched my rocket, it flew high into the air-and crashed to the ground 2 yards away! I got 3rd place of my class-but my rocket’s nose was crushed. After a minor repair, I went outside for the championship for 4th grade. When it was my turn to launch, my rocket flew 3 yards. I would make my rocket smoother, use a stronger material for the nose, and space the fins more equally.

  45. Megan
    Megan says:

    Hello my name is Megan and I was part of a class that had a fun experiment. First we did a couple of things. One of the things we did was we learned Newton’s laws of motion (1st ) every thing that goes up must come down( 3rd law) and for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We did a few little experiments with a bottle and a nut trying to get the nut into the bottle. First we used a card the second time we used what looked like a huge Lance Armstrong bracelet.

    Soon Steve Spangler taught us how to make a rocket. That night we were assigned to build a rocket out of paper & tape. Mine had duct tape all around it and a green top made out of modeling clay.

    My rocket didn’t fly too far because of the weight and size but it worked and it did a cool little spinning thing. That was my rocket experience.

  46. Alex
    Alex says:

    WOW!What an exciting day at school,I can’t remember when I’ve had this much fun during science class!I’m pertty darn sher that not just me but the whole intier forth grade is exited about are rocket launch tomorrow morning and afternoon!THANK YOU MR.SPANGLER FOR TECHING US!!!!!

  47. Baily
    Baily says:

    Today in class Steve Spangler came to Wilder and was teaching us how to build a rocket like Homer Hickam did but with paper. Before we started constructing our rockets we learned two laws of motion. (1st law)An object that is in motion will stay in motion, unless it is affected by another force.(3rd law)For every action there will be an equal or opposite reaction.Then we did a experiment with potatoes.First, we got a potatoe and a straw. then we tryed to poke the straw thew the potatoe, but we failed. Butt then,we put our finger on the top of the straw and tryed poking it threw, we suceeded.Then he taught us how to constructe the rockets. After that, we went back to our desks and started building our rockets. It was a awesome day at school!

  48. NickG
    NickG says:

    It was so awesome doing the alka seltzer in the film holders! It exploded very high !!!!!! What I learned with Steve Spangler Science is that Newton’s first law of motion is that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Today, we will be launch the homemade rockets that we started to make yesterday. I think my rocket will launch about 347 feet. It will be so fun launching them in the snow.


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