Dahlgren Heritage Museum STEM Event

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Dahlgren Heritage Museum, 3540 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA 22485

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Event is open to the first 12 students, ages 9 - 12 - First come, first served Activity: Soda Straw Rockets is an excellent opportunity for students to practice the engineering design process. This activity provides students with a template that creates a rocket that can be launched from a soda straw. They are then challenged to modify the design to see how the changes impact the rocket performance. Length, fin shape or angle can be changed–one variable at a time–to see how the rocket launch performs, and compares to the control design. Modern rocket design began near the beginning of the 20th century. While much has been learned and rockets have grown larger and more powerful, rocket designs are still improving. Engineers developing new rockets must control variables and consider failure points when improving rocket designs. By changing one variable at a time, engineers can determine if that change leads to an increase or decrease in performance. They must also consider how their design might fail, and work to improve their design. These incremental changes allow engineers to improve rocket performance and increase the amount of mass they can lift into space.

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Dahlgren Heritage Museum, 3540 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA 22485

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