This Learning Scenario is targeted at children from 9-10 years of age but may be adapted for older children. In this Learning Scenario, children will be learning about rocket flight and how we leave Earth, fly to the Moon. Children will be able to identify the key features of rockets which are required for them to fly into space and do so as safely as possible.

This  activity is based over 1 lessons, both lasting approx. 60 mins

Part 1 concentrates on the learning of processes involved in the flight of rockets to space, identification of rocket features and the progressing to designing, drawing and labeling a rocket. This will be used to assess children’s knowledge & understanding of key features and terms discussed during lesson. New words: gravity, aerodynamic, gravitational pull, thrust,

Part 2 concentrates on the construction of a straw rocket that will be launched and then reviewed on what went well and why and what would be changed and why.

Fly me to the Moon
Table of summary            
SubjectSocial, Environmental & Scientific Education (S.E.S.E): Science; History; Geography Technology, Mathematics, Physics, STEM.  
TopicFly to the Moon Features of rockets and rocket design
Age range of students9-10 years old
Preparation time1 hour
Teaching time1.5 hours
Online teaching materialAirbus Foundation Discovery Space – Mission to the Moon (Fly me to the Moon): European Space Agency Paxi explorează luna! – YouTube Paper Rockets – STEM Activity – YouTube  
Offline teaching materialTwo pieces of paper Scissors Pencil Drinking straw Drinking straw Ruler Clear space in which to launch your “rockets,” such as a large room, hallway or outdoor area with no wind Measuring tape (optional)
Airbus Foundation Discovery Space resources usedMission to the Moon: 1. Launching into space video  2. How to Fly in Space

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