Passion Projects

I have not updated this part of my blog for some time. However, if you want to take a peek at what my current classes are up to, check out the pages below:


Egg Lander Challenge

5th and 8th Grade Collaboration, December 18, 2019
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The 8th graders worked with the 5th graders to complete an Egg Lander Challenge. This is in connection with the 8th graders’ lesson on Newton’s Laws of Motion and with the 5th graders’ lesson different types of forces.

The challenge required the students:

  1. To design an egg lander with limited resources,
  2. To test their egg landers a few times and ensure that the raw egg survive its landing
  3. To maneuver the egg lander to land on the marked spot (or closest to it).

Origami Rocket Launch Activity

5th and 6th Grade Collaboration, June 11, 2019

Ms. LeLoni Bass and I got our classes together last summer to create paper rockets and have the kids launch them using baking soda and acetic acid.

Materials: Paper (see link for paper folding instructions), Wax Paper, Plastic Film Canisters, Baking Soda, Vinegar, Safety Goggles, and launch area covered with large trash bags for easy cleanup.

Safety Precaution: Wear eye protection and exercise caution!

Procedure: (Inspired by Exploring Home Rockets)

  1. Place one teaspoon of baking soda onto a 1-1/2″ by 1-1/2″ wax paper.
  2. Add one teaspoon of vinegar to the canister at a time, filling it just enough to keep the vinegar and the baking soda from coming into contact when you later snap the lid onto the canister.
  3. Stoop down near the ground on the assigned launch area.
  4. Place the wrapped baking soda into the canister and quickly snap the lid to seal it.
  5. Immediately turn the canister over so the lid is on the ground, place the paper rocket over it and quickly move away.
  6. When the lid pops off, the rocket should launch.

Post Activity Questions:

  1. How long does it take for paper rocket to launch?
  2. How high does the canister go?
Paper Rockets Engineering (Google Photo Library)

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