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Employees at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, then known as National Space Technology Laboratories, install a space shuttle main engine on the B-2 Test Stand in preparation for testing the space shuttle main propulsion test article (MPTA).



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8


Physical Science, Forces and Motion


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students construct water-propelled engines from soft drink cans. They test the engines and the variables that affect the action-reaction of the engines.
Pop Can Hero Engine Lesson Plan  [438KB PDF file]

This lesson plan is part of the Rockets Educator Guide.