Estes model rocketry is one of the most popular educational activities of teachers.  What better way to introduce students to the study of aerospace and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) than to involve them in meaningful, hands-on learning experiences!  For over 50 years, Estes model rocketry has proven itself in tens of thousands of classrooms as an exciting teaching aid that captures all student’s interest and provides both motivation to learn and valid learning experiences.

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Estes model rocketry is used in more that 30,000 elementary, middle, junior high and high school science curriculums across the United States. 

Curricula and Lesson Plans

Estes Educator offers many lesson plans and curricula for classrooms of all ages and different subjects.

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How to choose the right rocket for your group
Consider these four things when making your plan

Younger kids (Grades 5-8) need simpler to assemble rockets. They’re not quite ready for the challenge of gluing on individual fins yet, so choose one of our kits with a one-piece plastic fin unit and fewer assembly steps. Older kids do a better job of reading, understanding and following assembly instructions. They will have the hand-eye skills to glue wood fins to the body tube.

Conducting a build session with 30 kids yourself is a challenge. We recommend you get helpers for your build session and on the flying field. Short on adult volunteers? Recruit kids from higher grade levels.

Do you have a single session to both build and fly the rocket? Consider the amount of time needed for glue to dry and how much time it will take to prep the rockets before launch.

Flying Field Size
Recovery method (parachute or streamer), engine size (A, B, C) and wind all play a role in what rocket is best suited for the size field you may have. You can’t make your field bigger, but you can choose the right size rocket to fly on it!
Parachutes drift farther and come down slower, so you’ll need a bigger field.
Streamers have very little drift and mostly come down within a small radius of your launch pad.
Rocket engines double in power with each succeeding engine letter. For example: B engines effectively fly your rocket twice as high as A engines.

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Model Rocketry Safety And Regulatory Information

Estes model rocketry is a legally permitted youth activity in every state in the nation and has maintained a higher proportional safety record than Little League Baseball, roller skating, bicycle riding, swimming and high school football.

More than one million youngsters and adults participate in and enjoy Estes model rocketry annually. In fact, Estes rocketry is used in more than 30,000 elementary, middle and high school science curriculums across the U.S.

  • The Federal Food and Drug Administration has exempted Estes rocket engines from the classification of banned hazardous substances.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission accepted into its regulations all existing model rocketry exemptions set forth by the FDA.
  • The Department of Transportation officially classified model rocket engines as model rocket motors and not as fireworks.
  • The U.S. Post Office has determined that Estes rocket engines do not create a handling hazard to their personnel.
  • The Federal Aviation Agency has exempted model rocketry typically used in the school environment from FAA regulations.
  • Since 1968, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has endorsed model rocketry activities in its forward to NFPA Code 41L “1968 Code for Model Rocketry”.
  • In 1972, NFPA exempted model rocketry from the classification of fireworks in NFPA Code 494L, now “Model Fireworks Law.” NFPA 1122 Code for Model Rocketry, an ANSI standard, sets the current safety standards on which model rocket activities are based.

Model Rocketry And The National Standards

How does model rocketry fulfill the National Science Standards?

It applies :
1. Inquiry abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
2. Physical science motions and force properties, and changes of properties in matter
3. Unifying concepts and processes change, constancy and measurement evidence, models and explanation
4. Science and technology understandings
5. Science in personal and social perspectives

How does model rocketry fulfill the National Mathematics Standards?

It applies the concepts of :
1. Problem Solving
2. Communication
3. Reasoning
4. Connections
5. Number and Number Relationships
6. Computation and Estimation
7. Patterns and Functions
8. Statistics
9. Geometry
10. Measurement
11. Trigonometry

How does model rocketry apply science process skills?

It utilizes :
1. Observing
2. Communicating
3. Measuring
4. Collecting Data
5. Inferring
6. Predicting
7. Making Models
8. Making Graphs
9. Hypothesizing
10. Interpreting Data
11. Controlling Variables
12. Investigating