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Mr. DeAnda from Denver CO is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fueling the Learning of Parabolas

My students need 24 model rockets and 24 model rocket engines. I have 122 students and I am trying to split them into groups of 5-6 to build and launch a model rocket.

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This project expired on March 14, 2014.

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My Students

I teach an Advanced Algebra class, most of my students are ahead of the traditional math model and have an opportunity to prepare for math/science careers. Most of them are unaware of the careers they can choose and this would be a way to get them excited about a possible math career.

Our school is centered around concurrent enrollment that allows students to take college classes as Juniors and Seniors.

We have motivated students but they are often first generation college students and on free and reduced price lunch. Our job is to expose them to possible careers and help them find interests for their future education. My goal is to expose the 9th and 10th graders to the possibilities before they start to pick their college classes as 11th and 12th graders. Many of my students are proficient at math but not excited about what they can do with that math and these hands-on projects are a great way to build that interest and joy to get through the classes that can be a grind.

My Project

My students will be learning about parabolas. In this unit we use the basic projectile motion function to create and solve quadratic equations on paper. With these rockets and engines my students will be able to see how we can apply that projectile motion function to real-life. They will need to design and build a rocket, create a function to describe the path of the rocket's height, graph that path and then write a summary of their findings and learnings.

In a survey, I learned that none of my students have ever created a model of a combustion anything!

This project would give students hands-on experience that could get them excited and motivated to pursue a deeper understanding of mathematics as they see what they can use it for in real-life. This project will take the learning of a parabola's vertex and zeros, from being a problem on a test to real-world, hands-on application. With your help we can possibly identify future engineers.

Mr. DeAnda
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 122 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Estes AVG Rocket Bulk Pack (Pack of 12) • Amazon $51.62 2 $103.24
ROCKET ENGINE BLASTOFF FLIGHT ASSORT PK/24 • Frey Scientific $61.56 1 $61.56
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ITEM • Frey Scientific $25.00 1 $25.00

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