Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “It isn’t Rocket Science: Rocket Science On A Low Budget”

Posted in: 8th Annual Kickoff Conference

Track: STEM in Education 

During the session, participants will create two types of rockets using simple, inexpensive materials that they can use in their classroom to fit a variety of themes such as telemetry, variables, graphing and the engineering design process.

The first rocket is a simple straw rocket using tape, paper and a straw. Participants create their straw rocket then will test it against other designs. Discussion is held as to what worked or did not work. Re-engineering and collaboration is encouraged so everyone feels successful.

The second rocket is a foam rocket made from foam insulation, duct tape, card stock and a rubber band. Participants create their rocket then test it using a variety of angles. Multiple variables including fin design is encouraged.

Several lucky participants will walk away with a free copy of the NASA Rocketry guide for Educators.


Presenter: Jennifer Cheesman, Teacher, Peoria Unified School District 


Jennifer Cheesman receiver her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and is currently teaching sixth grade science at Zuni Hills Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District. A strong advocate for hands-on, inquiry-based learning, she involves her students in real world learning that connects the world to her classroom. Her professional interests focus on space education and has worked as an educator crew trainer for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama as well as a Professional Development Instructional Assistant at NASA Johnson Space Center. In addition, she serves as an advisor for Student Council and is a member of her district’s Steering Committee for Student Leadership. She was recently honored with Space Center Houston Cheri Brinley Outstanding Educator award as well as the Frank Luke Air Force Association Chapter Teacher of the Year for her contributions to STEM education.


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