Learn about rocket science. Explore a timeline of rocket development from 100 B.C to our days. Find out about the first Earth’s artificial satellite, Sputnik, and the space race between two countries. Read biographies of famous scientists and their rockets. Learn principles of rocketry and the physics and mathematics involved. There is a link to an eThemes resource on water bottle rockets. Includes a lesson plan, online rocket launch simulations, and photographs.
Learn about and listen to Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. Find out about its physical size and historical significance. Explore links on the left to view the timeline of first satellites, read documents and scientist biographies. Visit the "Photo Gallery" for historical images.
Select links on the right for a "Brief History of Rockets", "Rocket Principles", and "Practical Rocketry". Click on the "Project X-35" link for an in-class activity designed to last for two weeks and involve students in designing, budgeting, and launching rockets. Explore other links on the page for more activities.
The following sites can help students understand how physics laws create motion and propel rockets. Learn about rocketry and how to build water-bottle rockets. These sites include lesson plans, activities, rocket launchers simulators, photographs, animations, and video.