Rocket Launch #1

On Monday, 23 October our class launched rockets. My group name was the Blasting Rockets we got the lowest launch at the average of 20 m. The class average was 41.5m our rocket was 21.5m lower than the class average. My job in the group was to place the rocket onto the launch pad and I helped with the bicycle pump, which pumped air into the rocket. We had to be careful not to pump in to much air. If we pumped to much air the rocket could explode while it is in the air. We used water to replace fuel to make the rocket launch.

When the rocket launched it spun and flipped around in the air. I wonder why it flipped and spun around? I thought it could’ve been that we had two fins at the bottom and three at the top so the rocket was unbalanced. I was disappointed that are rocket was the lowest. At that moment I wondered what we did differently to the other groups that would of made our rocket go higher. Everybody in my group including me thought that it was because our rocket was too light some wind could have did that or the pressure. Even though our rocket was the lowest it was a lot of fun to launch our rocket and see everybody else launch their rocket.


In class we are reading the book HOME of the BRAVE and got asked to answer this question, Gol is a cow, but Katherine Applegate (author of Home of The Brave) also uses her as a symbol. How does Gol represent Kek’s past, present, and possibly his future:

I think Gol represents Kek’s past because his father use to own a farm and herd cow. So when he was in Africa cows were his life like he was always with them. Gol Represent Kek’s present because he still loves cows because of when he lived in Africa he was with cows a lot. Also Gol gives Kek a little of his old life. Also Gol represents love for Kek. How Gol represents Keks future is that Gol keeps Kek happy because Kek feels a little of his old life when he was at home. Gol also represents Keks past because he use to heard cows in Africa. 

Credit, Goodreads

Planning & Designing

I am thinking of good ideas that maybe my group can use for are rocket. The work my group and I have done to make are rocket checklists, drawings of the rocket, planning fins, planning nosecone and how we are going to make everything. Our planning worked out. Planning out a rocket is hard though I have to make sure everything is right and will work properly so are rocket launch and will not be a fail.

Sometimes my planning did not work out so I had to find something to replace it. Also I make sure that my planning would be accurate and so it would not go wrong. I made sure that  every detail I did was good and would not put too much weight on the rocket. Also I  Made a inspiration board which helped me with my ideas to make my rocket. The inspiration board had the three laws of motion, rockets  with the parts labeled and pictures of rockets that could give me a idea of what are rockets were going  to look like. Also of what inspired anybody in my group or me. The inspiration board helped me think of ideas for my  rocket because it had  everything that I needed to build a  rocket.

Designing my rocket was hard we already had our main body the bottle. we needed to decide what we were going to do for our nosecone and fins. For our nosecone someone in my group said they saw a rocket and the nosecone was a plastic cup with the stem cut off. That is what we decided would be our nosecone. Then we decide for our fins that we wanted to have six fins. Three small ones on the top and then two three inch fins on the bottom. My group made a decision that our rocket would have a extension so are nosecone would fit on. That was all the planning and designing that needed to be done for my rocket.