# Heavy Lifting

### Source Institutions

NASA

In this activity, learners work in NASA teams to build balloon-powered rockets using identical parts and compete to launch the greatest number of paper clips to "space" (the ceiling). The rockets learners build model the Ares V heavy lift launchers that carry heavy payloads into orbit. This lesson plan includes background information, tips, discussion questions and answers, and a "Mission Report" sheet for learners.

### Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
\$10 - \$20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

### Materials List (per group of students)

• Large binder clips (one per launch pad)
• Fishing line or smooth string
• Long balloons (sometimes called 524 airships or balloons)
• Bathroom size (3 oz) paper cup
• 2 straight drinking straws
• 50 small paper clips
• Sandwich size plastic bag
• Balloon hand pumps (optional)
• Wooden spring-type clothespins (optional)

### Subjects

• Earth and Space Science
• Astronomy
• Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
• Engineering and Technology
• Engineering
• Aerospace Engineering
• Technology
• Transportation
• Mathematics
• Data Analysis and Probability
• Data Analysis
• Data Collection
• Data Representation
• Number and Operations
• Problem Solving
• Reasoning and Proof
• Representation
• Physical Sciences
• Motion and Forces
• Machines
• Momentum and Velocity
• Acceleration
• Projectile Motion
• Newton's Laws
• Center of Gravity
• Structure and Properties of Matter
• Mass and Weight
• The Nature of Science
• The Scientific Process
• Conducting Investigations
• Gathering Data
• Formulating Explanations
• Communicating Results
• The Nature of Technology
• The Design Process
• Research and Development
• Invention and Innovation
• Problem Solving
• Troubleshooting and Maintenance

### Informal Categories

• Model Building

### Audience

• see
• be mobile
• touch

#### Learning styles supported:

• Involves teamwork and communication skills
• Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
• Involves hands-on or lab activities

### Other

• Free access

#### By:

• Shearer, Deborah A.; Vogt, Ed.D., Gregory L.

#### Rights:

• Public Domain