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Mini Rockets

Lesson Description:
Groups of students produce hydrogen and oxygen gas. Using pipette mini rockets, students investigate which mixture of the two gases makes the best rocket fuel.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

Time Needed:
90 Minutes
Standards Addressed:
National Standards: 9-12
  • SEC-B: 3.B. Chemical reactions may release or consume energy. some reactions, such as the burning of fossil fuels, release large amounts of energy by losing heat and by emitting light.
  • SEC-B: 3.D. A large number of important reactions involve the transfer of electrons or hydrogen ions. in other reactions, chemical bonds are broken by heat or light to form very reactive radicals with electrons ready to form new bonds. Radical reactions control many processes such as the presence of ozone and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, burning and processing of fossil fuels, the formation of polymers, and explosions.

Materials Needed:
  • 1.0 M Hydrochloric Acid (HCl), approx. 50 mL per H2 generator 
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), approx. 50 mL per oxygren generator 
  • Mossy zinc
  • Yeast water or 1.0 M Potassium Iodide (KI) solution
  • 10 mL graduated cylinder
  • Tap water
  • Piezoelectric sparking unit (1 per group)
  • Tape measure  

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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf solar_minirockets.pdf
Located in: Science

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