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360Science™: Build a Film Canister Rocket

By: The Flinn Staff

360Science™  blends the best of student-engaging digital content with easily adaptable hands-on labs to offer your students a uniquely comprehensive learning experience. 

In this lab experience, students design a film canister rocket that will fly at least one meter into the air using a specific ratio of reactants as fuel. Editable, differentiated instructions range from a time-sensitive prescriptive lab to full open inquiry, and robust online videos and content—including a virtual reality (VR) simulation—help students prepare for and better understand the labs they’re conducting.

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360Science™: Build a Film Canister Rocket: Engineering Design Challenge
Concepts: Stoichiometry, chemical reactions, law of conservation of mass
Outcomes: Students will find that the mass difference between the rocket and the baking soda was a key factor in a successful launch. Sodium bicarbonate will be the limiting reactant when the mass is less than one gram since the volume of acetic acid remains constant. Students will also observe that the heavier rockets are slower to launch, but generally the most successful. This lab also helps students understand the importance of stoichiometry calculations because they are given a finite amount of sodium bicarbonate to use for three launches. They must plan carefully so they do not use up their allotment too quickly. 
Associated Phenomena: How can heat that is deep underground be used at the surface? 

Our 1-year option provides access to all digital content for one year plus lab supplies for a single class of 30 students. Our 3-year option extends access to digital content to three years, with a 30% discount on refill supply kits years 2 and 3.

What is Flinn 360Science™?
We’re introducing a whole new way to teach experiential science! We’ve taken a hard look at science study from all perspectives and, thanks to the feedback of thousands of teachers nationwide, we’ve created a way to make it easier to provide personalized instruction while delivering the kind of lab experiences your students truly need.

Our new and comprehensive learning solutions are designed to bring science to life by giving you all the tools you need to incorporate more (and effective) hands-on learning in your classroom or lab. 360Science allows you to provide your students with the support they need to make real-world connections to key scientific principles and help make those abstract concepts concrete.

Every 360Science lab solves the most common challenges educators face in bringing more hands-on science to their students—from not having enough time to matching the right level of challenge for students’ abilities to providing appropriate background content, safety techniques, assessments and more.

Enable student-driven, blended learning through a unique combination of leveled lab instructions supporting prescriptive, guided- and open-inquiry lab exercises (see PDF resource for specific details) with robust digital content, such as videos and carefully curated Open Educational Resources (OER)—along with virtual reality and simulation exercises. From editable, digital instructions to assessments and alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have everything you need to improve mastery, remove the intimidation factor and foster your students’ natural curiosity.


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-7. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.