Reply To: Module 1 – The Curious Minds/ESERO Framework

Fiona Kavanagh

    Hi all, my name is Fiona. I am a senior infant teacher who is looking forward to learning lots about space. My favourite space fact is that it takes on average only 3 days to reach the moon by spacecraft!

    Inquiry based activity:

    Creating mice-rockets
    Each pair will be given a round piece of coloured card which they will fold into a 3D cone shape. The children can then use their imagination to add decoration and design to their cone to create a mouse (ears, tail, nose, whiskers). This allows for individuality.
    Challenge: how far can you shoot your mice rocket using an empty bottle?
    The children will have to explore the various ways they can move their mice rockets and share with the class.
    Aim: using the empty bottle, place the mouse rocket on top of open empty bottle. Using two hands bang either side of the bottle, causing the force of the air to leave through the top of the bottle and send the little mice rockets flying!!
    Lots of laughs and giggles as mice fly all over the place. This can be furthered into a classroom challenge of which mouse can travel furthest! Also another further enquiry could be ‘if we change the size/shape of the bottle will the rocket travel further or less?’
    Results: The harder the bang/push of air from the bottle i.e. the force, the further the rocket will travel.

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