CTE Lesson: Virtual Tour - How to Create and Build a Rocket

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Principles of Engineering and Technology


1 hr



Task Description


In this task, students will:

  • watch the linked virtual tour;
  • create a model of a rocket utilizing the Engineering Design Process.

Standard 8: Complete a simple design activity and apply the engineering design process to produce a model that an engineer would test. Define criteria for determining an effective design, describe constraints on the design, and document each step in an engineering notebook. At the completion of the design process, present the model to the class and critique the design of other classmates. Fundamental Sketch

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks students will demonstrate the ability to:


  • complete a simple design activity, applying the engineering design process.


To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:


  • apply the engineering design process to everyday task.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions







Engineering Design Process

The US Space and _______ Center is located where in Huntsville, Alabama.


The student created a ______ of his favorite planet.


The class used the __________ to solve the issue of launching their spacecraft.

Why are rockets essential in the Space industry?


Why are different models essential to the design process?


Why is the Engineering Design Process useful to solve problems?


Instructional Resources

US Space and Rocket Center Tour

U.S. Space & Rocket Center 2020 (Huntsville, Alabama) May 17, 2018 YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qe5RqyMNhc



This activity will require students to apply what they learned during the lesson/lecture on the Engineering Design Process.

Building a Model of a Rocket


  1. The students will watch the virtual tour of the US Space and Rocket Center.
  2. The students will create a model of one of the rockets that can be seen in the virtual tour using resources found at home e.g paper towel roll, plastic cups, string, pencils, rubber bands, etc.
  3. Students will present their model to the class on a predetermined virtual platform.