S – IS FOR STRAW SPACESHIP

space3b

The delight of flight. A small engineering experiment using air pressure to launch your spaceship into the stratosphere!

  • Cut a pair of matching paper sides for your space craft.
  • Glue a toothpick between the 2 sides (taking care that to leave a pocket for the straw to be inserted later – as shown in the image below).
  • Let the glue dry and decorate your space craft.space1

Now for the launch!

  • Take the spaceship and place it on a bent straw (toothpick in straw, paper on outside of straw)
  • Count down 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1…. BLAST OFF!
  • Take a deep breath and launch with a short sharp blow!

Watch as the children shrill with excitement, and dash to make some more. My own offspring wanted to see what shapes would fly best (circle spaceships, square ones etc.) we then measured the flight height against a wall (building on an understanding of numeracy as well as introducing the idea of a controlled test.)

For those more ready for a true investigation into air pressure try different sized straws and see how that effects the air pressure.

Advertisements

One thought on “S – IS FOR STRAW SPACESHIP

  1. Pingback: S – IS FOR SOLAR SYSTEM | What we learnt

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s