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NASA at Home: "Rockets in Motion – Newton’s Third Law"

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Episode 5: In this episode of NASA at Home, learn about rockets, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, and unique careers at NASA that combine art, design, and science. Build a soda straw rocket with things you can find at home, exercise like an astronaut and learn to draw yourself on the moon! Developed for grades 4-7 and the general public. This episode is correlated to Virginia Standards of Learning.

Produced by NASA Langley Office of STEM Engagement and presented by VPM.

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Virginia Standards of Learning:

PH.3  The student will investigate and understand, through mathematical and experimental processes, that there are relationships among force, mass, and acceleration. Key laws include Newton’s laws of motion.

4.1  The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific and engineering practices by:

a) asking questions and defining problems;

b) planning and carrying out investigations;

c) interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating data.

5.1  The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific and engineering practices by:

a) asking questions and defining problems;

b) planning and carrying out investigations.

5.2  The student will investigate and understand that energy can take many forms.  Key ideas include:

a) energy is the ability to do work or to cause change;

b) there are many different forms of energy;

c) energy can be transformed; and

d) energy is conserved.

5.3   The student will investigate and understand that there is a relationship between force and energy of moving objects. Key ideas include:

a) moving objects have kinetic energy;

b) motion is described by an object’s direction and speed;

c) changes in motion are related to net force and mass;

d) when objects collide, the contact forces transfer energy and can change objects’ motion; and 

e) friction is a force that opposes motion.

6.4  The student will investigate and understand that there are basic sources of energy and that energy can be transformed. Key ideas include:

d) energy transformations are important in energy usage.