We launched OUR SECOND ROCKET! The thing that stands out most is that our rocket went pretty high because we had a longer nose cone. All the rockets went pretty high and when I looked up almost all of them went higher than a tree near the field. My job was to launch the rocket and that was really fun! I was a clinometer reader for two groups, The Flying Saucers, and the Astro Rockets. When I was using the clinometer instrument for The Flying Saucers, I think I may have not got the exact height. This rocket went a lot higher, I think it was because we had a longer nose cone.
Our rocket went 143ft rounded from 142.7! I think we will keep the size of our nose cone but I want to change the size of our fins. We had pretty big fins and that adds weight so I think if we use smaller fins our rocket would have went higher.
When we were launching we were all collaborating and we only did things if the whole group would agree. Since Tom was not here, we agreed that he would get to choose loads of things in our third design. As well as collaborating on the launch we collaborated on graphing the data for how high our rocket went.
My group and I had come to our second rocket design. We had seen that the rockets that went pretty high had long nosecones. Also, there was more space for aerodynamics. So, we changed the nose cone from a short one to a long one.
When we were designing our rocket, the thing that went well was that we let each other speak their minds. As well as things are going well, some things were a challenge. An example of this is, we did not agree on everything. But, in the end, we came to an agreement of what we thought would make the most effect.
The thing that went well was that we worked together as a group to build our rocket. The thing that was challenging was that we did not agree on the colors of the rocket but then agreed on grey and blue.
When we were designing the rocket we collaborated and shared our ideas before we wrote anything down. We almost always collaborated on everything. When we had a disagreement we would have a vote and the majority would win. But then we would make sure that they got to choose something else.
When I found out we were going to be making rockets, I was so excited! I found out my group was: Mia, Micah and Tom. First, we would have to design our rockets. We agreed on most of it but some of it we did not agree. We first designed our rocket on a big piece of paper. We kept changing the fins and the shape until it was right. We pretty much agreed we were ready to start listing possible materials for our rocket. We wanted to have a light rocket, so we chose: cardstock, thin cardboard and coloured tape. We wanted a thin body. Our fin design had a flat body, to be sturdier. We took a long time designing. We made an inspiration board so that we won’t forget our ideas. There was no right or wrong. We had done some research the past few days so we put it all on the board.
I waited for the day to build our rocket, and it finally came! We used our inspiration board. On our inspiration board it had different designs for each part of the rocket (body, fins, and nosecone). We had PVC pipes to mold our rocket around. Our first rocket was too tight on the top and too wide on the bottom. We quickly made a new one and it was just right. Mia made the nose-cone and Micah made the fins. Tom and I made the body. Altogether, we glued our fins down. We used hot glue… HOT! We finished! Now we have to launch it…..
Our group (The Four Rocketeers) had finished designing and building our rocket. It took us a long time to finish designing our rocket. I was so excited about the launch. Right before we went outside, we got our rocket and content notebooks to record the data and unexpected turnouts. Clinometers are an instrument that captures angles. The klinometer readers went 50 feet from the left and the right of the LaunchPad. The clinometers readers pointed to the instrument why are I think our rockets were one of the highest.
The first group’s rocket went so high then landed straight on the nosecone. I hope that our next rocket launch will go even higher than our first.