Archive | December 2018

Rocketry Unit Reflection

At the start if this rocketry unit, I was nervous because I knew nothing about rockets. But as my group got further into the unit, I became more confident in my work. My group has gotten into many arguments about how to design and build our rocket. We did not work well together at first. I was so worried that my group would get no work done if we kept on disagreeing with each other. But to my surprise, we all of a sudden started to agree with each other. Turns out that if we just respect each other and let everyone have a say in what we are doing, then there would be no problem at all. Throughout the whole unit, I learned so much.

I think that the easiest part of this rocketry unit was to launch our rockets. While my group was launching our rockets, we didn’t know what to expect. High? Low? I had no clue. That was, until I saw the performance of my group’s rocket. In fact, it wasn’t high, or low. I didn’t even know how high it went. Only the clinometer readers knew how high it went. When I asked one out of the four clinometer readers how high my rocket went, she said it launched 29.5 meters into the air. That surprised me. Since I never experienced launching rockets, I didn’t know if that was good or bad. And I didn’t want to know. But when I finally found out, I realized that my rocket placed 4th out of five rockets. It was hard to get over with. My group was disappointed but we were determined to do better the next time. But besides that, it was easy to place the rocket on the launcher, countdown from ten to zero, and press a button to launch the rocket off the launcher.

I think that the hardest part of this rocketry unit was to design our rockets. It was difficult because my group argued a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. We argued about the fins, the nose cone, the body, and much more. I didn’t know how my group could compromise at all. We argued almost everyday. Sometimes, the level of our voices would go over the limit. It was not a good experience.

Despite all of the obstacles my group had been through, we still had a great time working together. We turned from an arguing group, to a well collaborating group. It was a wonderful experience. I will never forget this rocketry unit. 

Here is my groups slideshow:

Thank you for taking a look at my groups slideshow. Right below here is my groups presentation: