Children seem to be fascinated with outer space and rockets that can fly to the moon. It is super exciting and mysterious at the same time. As your children get older they may really start to look at what goes into exploring space. When they research further they will see that there is a big difference between rockets or rocket ships and missiles.
If you have children that like learning about engines, and things that move fast, or even weaponry, they will enjoy learning about rockets and missiles. Learning about rockets and missiles will go great with a study on outer space or an independent STEM or engineering unit study.
You can take it a step further and research about the history of missiles. You can learn about the different types of missiles used in historical wars and defense of our country.
What is a rocket?
A rocket describes a type of engine, or a vehicle that uses a rocket engine to propel itself. A rocket moves by producing thrust when it burns fuel to take off.
You can find out more about what a rocket is and rocketry as an engineering science in these articles and lesson plans:
What is a missile?
A missile is essentially a guided rocket that is self propelled by a jet engine or rocket motor. It is a rocket propelled weapon that can deliver an explosive warhead at high speeds and with great accuracy.
Learn more about missiles and the history of missiles with these articles, lessons and timelines:
More Free Resources on Rockets, Missiles and Spacecraft:
Articles about Rockets and Missiles:
Learn how rocketry got a boost in the 20th century, altering warfare and taking humans into space. – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Rocket and Missile Hands-on Activities:
If your kids enjoy building and launching things they will love this book! My husband and son built tons of fun things from this book when he was younger:
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