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Age Range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Flying high

Calculating the amount of energy needed to launch a rocket into space.

Rockets carry satellites, people, and supplies from the Earth into space. Can you calculate the amount of energy required to get a rocket from the ground and into space?

In this activity learners will make use of the theme of the future of flight to calculate the amount of energy needed to launch a space rocket. They will discuss the meaning of the term escape velocity and then perform calculations based on the Space X and Saturn V rockets.

You will need:

  • Paper/exercise books
  • Calculators
  • Pens/pencils

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