Rocketry Event - 6th, 7th, & 8th

MINDFRAME Grand Challenge: What is the American Dream and who defines it? A union is useless if people are absent, and as a part of the American Republic, the MINDFRAME TEAM is counting on you to preserve, nurture, redefine, and explore the concept of the American Dream. To rediscover this notion, take as much risk as possible to design and create your innovative answer and present your solution during the competition. Remember real ingenuity is a product of risk.

Driving Question: How can we keep the American Dream alive?

Challenge Context: We have recently discovered a new island off the coast of Georgia! Our governor wants to begin the process of creating a new city there. So, he has tasked you with thinking about the history of Georgia, Georgia economics, Georgia government and Georgia citizenry and building on this information to propose an ideal place! Each of the tasks below will allow you to explore one aspect to design and create a new place to live in Georgia. This context applies across all divisions and is applicable to all challenges.

Challenge Description

Getting supplies and people on and off the new island could be tricky!  Boats are ok, but they are not very fast.  Please think about what new kind of transportation that would link the mainland with the new island. 

Your team will design, build, and launch a compressed air rocket made from a plastic 2-liter soda bottle. When you bring it to the competition, you will then launch the rocket from the mainland and land it on the landing pad on the island  to safely deliver the payload. 

Notes to the Coach

 This challenge will get students involved in the engineering design process. Students will need to pay close attention to both the design specifications and the aesthetic characteristics of their rocket. They will have one launch opportunity on site to successfully deliver the payload.

Essential Question & Challenge Requirements

Essential Question:  Can I design a rocket that will be the best at safely delivering the payload to the new island?


  • The result must be a space transportation vehicle capable of carrying a payload (the egg).
  • The vehicle must include guidance, propulsion, payload, and recovery systems.
  • The bottom bottle that serves as the engine for the rocket can not be cut, punctured, or damaged in any way or the rocket will not hold the air pressure.
  • The fins can’t extend any lower than where the bottle begins to narrow into the neck.  Otherwise they will interfere with the launch pad.
  • The rocket must launch as one complete unit, but may come down as separate pieces.
  • On launch day, the rocket will be launched once and it will be judged on how straight it flies, the aesthetic aspects of the rocket, closeness to the landing site, and successful delivery of the payload.  When the rocket is recovered, the payload (1 large raw egg) will be inspected for damage.
  • Clear alignment with relevant GA standards must be evident in all of the following subjects:  math, ela and science.
  • Maximum of $100 may be spent.
  • No donations of supplies may supplement the $100 limit.
  • Rubric

At the time of presentation, the team will submit:

  • A written statement that outlines standards utilized and key elements of the idea.
  • Project journal, documenting the design process (see Resources for suggested design model and journal suggestions)used for planning and implementation.
  • Receipts of all purchases.