Stratford sixth graders work in teams of two to design and create rocket that is propelled by compressed air and water.

Planning is of utmost importance in this project, and each team is responsible for creating a detailed blueprint with metric measurements and required materials before construction can begin. Although every rocket will utilize the same material for the craft’s body, teams can choose whatever material they like for the rocket’s fins. 

All materials must be considered and listed in a planning document. Actual design and construction of the rocket must take place at school, and teams will be graded on how closely they adhere to their construction blueprint.

Students learn how to collaborate to create a product with a desired end result in mind. Both students’ ideas and opinions are considered, and differences are resolved in a thoughtful manner.

Each team learns the importance of planning and documenting their work; the value of creating neat, professional-looking blueprints with accurate measurements; and the ability to look critically at the end result for ways to improve and enhance their design for more effective performance.