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In this physics activity, learners build their own rockets out of film canisters and construction paper, then discover how a chemical reaction (from a mix of water and Alka-Seltzer) creates gas pressure to propel the craft. The activity explores the three states of matter and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: TK/K to 12

    Topics: Chemical Reactions & Stoichiometry, Energy & Work, Earth's Resources, Chemistry, States of Matter (solids, liquids, gases), Force & Motion, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Design, Physics, Ecology & Ecosystems

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    • Teacher Materials

    Tool for: Students