Blog Post 6: Fundamental Forces of Nature

Post the following for this week’s blog post

Blog Post 6: Fundamental Forces

  • Read the article on gravitational waves – the final confirmation of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity – and the article on black holes. How is gravity distinct from the other fundamental forces of nature?
  • Post an image of the motor thrust curve for the rocket motor you plan to use in your rocket. Explain why you went with this motor choice.
  • Post an image of your final rocket prior to launch.
  • Make sure you are continuing to put up your photos and video for the short movie you are making

Blog Post 5: Stoichiometry, Matter and Kit Rockets

For Blog Post 5: Kit Rockets, please answer the following questions

  • A link to your media folder for your group
  • Problem Set 2: Stoichiometry
  • Given the challenges of sending humans to Mars, is it a valuable use of resources? Why or why not? (Video Text 1: Space X on Mars, Supplemental Text)
  • Nature of Matter Text: Write a short paragraph. What strikes you about the text? Why is it significant? What questions does it raise for you?
  • Reflection: Write about what you have specifically contributed to your group’s work this week. What is going well with your partnerships? What is challenging? What do you hope to improve on over the final week or two of this project?

Plan – Week of September 19th


  1. Video/Discussion: SpaceX Mars Mission 
  2. Rocket Motor Design (for static test)
  3. Work Time (build kit rocket, finish design, watch tutorial on tube making, make motor for test)


  1. Matter and Energy: Stoichiometry
  2. Problem Set 2: Stoichiometry
  3. Rocket Build


  1. Hydrogen Balloon Lab
  2. Rocket Build


  1. CO2 Pressure Lab
  2. Static Motor Test


  1. Rocket Build
  2. Blog Post
  3. Make Motor



Blog Post 4: Motion

This is your assignment for the week. Good luck!

Post title: Blog Post 4: Motion

Post the following:

  • Thinking of Feynman’s definition of science from the video we watched, what role does revision play in the fields of science and engineering? How has it impacted your work so far this year?
  • Two photographs from the week with a short caption for a photographic technique.
  • A short reflection on the impact of Isaac Newton to the modern world.
  • Design for your next rocket build.
  • Motion worksheet

Blog Post 3: Balsa Wood Rocket Part 2

Blog Post 3: Balsa Wood Rocket Part 2

  • A minute long video showing the process of building the rocket and the motor finishing with at least one launch video (each partnership can use the same video)
  • A post answering the following questions
    • What have you leaned about rocketry in the past two weeks?
    • What questions do you still have about rocketry?
    • What was your initial hypothesis (personal theory) for combustion? In your own words, what is the scientific explanation (theory) for combustion? What did you learn about combustion? How is combustion significant in rocketry? What questions do you still have?