Science, DT, Maths
Literacy: Instructions, labelled diagrams
A series of lessons
System thinking, Adapting, Visualising, Improving
Lengths of wood 15mm x 15mm, dowel rod to go through wheels. Sheet wood 3mm thickness. Glue gun, scissors, saw, wood glue. drill, axle holders elastic bands, rubber wheel stopers a plastic water bottl
Design and make a water powered rocket car using a plastic bottle.
Can I make a water powered rocket that will travel 10 metres or more?
Measure and cut out a chasis (note that basic measureing, cutting glueing and drawing skill lessons might be needed prior to this. Safe use of saws and table jigs must be taught.
Make the chasis.
Think about where and how the bottle will be attached.
Attach axle holders, wheels.
Pupils needs to think about the strength and movement of wheels.
Support the measuring and cutting. Challenge: may be use 45 degee joints could get pupils to make their own axle holders.
How could you make the car go further? How esle could you power the car?
Some cars might fly into the air and then smash. Check that your pump fits the bottles first and make sure you purchase one before hand.
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