Rocket Acceleration

two liter bottle rocket launches

The Earth exerts a gravitational force on all objects. A rocket must have a force greater than gravity to lift off. This force, acceleration, can be measured with a micro:bit in 3 different directions or as a combined force of all three. A rocket made from a two liter soda bottle is made as a test vehicle to measure changes in acceleration as it lifts off and falls back to the earth.

Lesson concept

Use the micro:bit to measure the acceleration of a rocket

Watch this short video to see how to use a micro:bit to record rocket acceleration.


Adapted from “Rocket Acceleration z Radios“ by C Lyman CC BY-NC-SA