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From TeachEngineering - Students construct small-sized model rocket-powered boats—"aqua-thrusters"—that are made from film canisters propelled by carbon dioxide gas produced from a chemical reaction between antacid tablets and water. They make predictions and experiment to observe the effect that surface area of this simulated solid rocket fuel has on the resulting rocket thrust. A worksheet is provided to guide the experiment.

Performance Expectations

4-PS3-4   Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

5-PS1-4   Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

3-5-ETS1-1   Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.