Lesson Title: Jet Propulsion
Students will build a model to demonstrate how thrust is created in a jet engine.
• Investigate how thrust is created in a jet engine.
• Design a model jet engine.
• Construct a model jet engine from materials provided.
• Observe how their model jet engine operates.
Lesson Activities and Sequence
Have students complete data sheets that apply the scientific method. At each station, students should:
Keywords: engine, thrust
- Describe the experiment (Research Question).
- Predict what will happen before doing the experiment (Hypothesis).
- Conduct the experiment (Experiment).
- Record your observations (Data Collection).
Option: The teacher demonstration of an operational jet engine can be done using inexpensive, locally obtained, recycled materials.
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding of scientific concepts.
• An appreciation of "how we know" what we know in science.
• Understanding of the nature of science.
• Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
• The dispositions to use the skills, abilities and attitudes associated with science.
• Properties and changes of properties in matter.
• Motions and forces.
• Transfer of energy.
Science and Technology
• Abilities of technological design.
• Understanding about science and technology.
History and Nature of Science
• Science as a human endeavor.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, NCTM
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
• Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
• Generate and analyze patterns.
• Analyze patterns and relationships.
• Write and interpret numerical expressions.
ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Students, ISTE
Creativity and Innovation
• Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
• Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
Communication and Collaboration
• Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
Research and Information Fluency