Fifth Grade Gets Hands-on with Newton's Third Law of Motion

Fifth-grade students have launched into their study of Newton’s Third Law of Motion in science classes with their teacher, Mr. Matt Johnson. Stating for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction, students explored Newton’s Third Law by crafting and launching their own rockets.
With guidance from Mr. Johnson, students carefully constructed the fins of their rockets, attached them to two-liter bottles, and prepared for launch. On the day of the launch, students measured and recorded the distance their rockets flew after consistent air pressure and varying amounts of water were applied.   
This final project for the study of Newton’s Third Law has become well-loved and is a highly-anticipated annual event for Birdwood fifth-grade students. 

Click here to view some footage of the launch!

The Covenant School

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Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.