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Blast off! Have you ever played with a model or toy rocket, or seen a real rocket launch on TV? In this project you will make simple rockets out of paper and launch them by blowing into a drinking straw. Can you make the rocket that flies the farthest?
Do you need a fun, easy way to teach your students about the scientific method? Try this lesson that uses rockets made from nothing but paper, tape, and straws.
An elementary school version of this lesson plan is also available.
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This lesson will introduce your students to the scientific method using a fun, hands-on activity.
A middle school version of this lesson plan is also available.
NGSS Performance Expectations:
Take science outdoors with four high-flying rocket science projects and activities!
3-2-1 Blast Off with Rocket Science
Moon Landing Anniversary
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, which means this is a perfect time to plan hands-on rocket exploration with students! Try one of the four "to the Moon and back" STEM activities listed below to celebrate this important space science milestone.
Our free STEM lesson plans can help you plan successful remote learning instruction. Here are 12 picks for science and engineering lessons to consider right now.
Schools in many areas remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many schools will finish out the school year with remote learning. Students and teachers may not be gathering in traditional classrooms, but teaching students about physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, and other subjects…
Join Science Buddies this summer for virtual summer camp! Each week, we'll have a fun STEM theme for kids of all ages, suggestions for simple hands-on activities, book picks, and more. With our Summer of STEM, we'll keep you and your kids inspired all summer with creative and innovative science and engineering activities — for free. This week: go on a Mission to Mars with space-themed science!
A Mission to Mars with Space Science
Looking for last-minute STEM ideas for the end of the year, for after testing, for a classroom warmup, or for a rainy day at home? Try these paper-based STEM activities!
Science Activities that Use Paper!
Doing science and engineering activities doesn't have to require lots of materials. If you are looking for something to do with students in the classroom or with kids at home, an engaging STEM learning experience might be just a stack of paper…
Check in each week at Science Buddies this summer for our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series! Each week, we'll highlight a few activities for awesome science and engineering kids can do at home. We've got a whole summer of fun STEM themes lined up for kids of all ages — for free. This week: awesome summer science experiments that take to the skies!
Awesome High-Flying Science
Launching, throwing, blasting off, and sending things flying…
Teaching students about the scientific method helps prepare them to do science experiments and to design and execute their own science fair projects to explore science questions. A trio of free plug-and-play resources help you approach the scientific method with tools and learning aids that suit the needs of your classroom.
Teaching Steps of the Scientific Method
Whether preparing students to do classroom science experiments and science fair projects…
Kick off the new school year with one of these STEM activities! Easy to plan, low-cost, and accessible to all grade levels, these science and engineering icebreakers help set the stage for a great school year. Students will get to know one another, maybe remember your name, and leave thinking science class is going to be awesome!
It's back-to-school time! This means a brand new year, maybe a brand new group of students, or even a new grade level. The…
Plan your school year with ease! Choose from 200+ free science and engineering lesson plans for K-12 teachers!
Science Buddies first started developing NGSS-aligned educator lesson plans in 2017. Our free Lesson Plans help K-12 educators confidently teach science and engineering concepts to students. Today there are more than 200 plug-and-play lessons on our site to support educators teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).