50th Anniversary of Apollo 11
July will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's successful landing on the moon. It is a perfect opportunity to help youth explore STEM and learn about the Apollo 11 mission while engaging in a fun hands-on activity.
With NASA's Make a Straw Rocket activity, youth will need a pencil, scissors, tape, soda straw (plastic or reusable), meter stick or measuring tape, and a rocket template in order to launch their very own rocket. Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides step by step instructions on how to create the rocket allowing older youth to design it on their own while younger youth may need some assistance. After completing their rockets, youth will be able to practice their engineering design process by testing and modifying the rocket's length, fin shape, and angle. There is also a chart to log the results so that youth can analyze the impact of each modification. This activity is also a great opportunity for staff to practice planning and preparing for STEM activities. Check out more educational resources and projects for kids to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NASA's Apollo moon landing.
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