AAPT Digi Kits are specially selected multimedia collections that bring together the work of highly-respected authors, content developers, editors, and reviewers. The primary goal of the Digi Kits is to promote interdisciplinary explorations that integrate physics with life science, chemistry, and earth science in a format that blends modeling, hands-on investigation, video, and interactive digital representations. 

The Rocket Science Digi Kit was inspired by a 2014 article in The Physics Teacher magazine, authored by Kim Penn and William Slaton, titled "Measuring Model Rocket Engine Thrust Curves". 

The AAPT Digi Kits are curated, annotated, and edited by Caroline Hall, Managing Editor and eBook Developer for the AAPT and the ComPADRE Digital Libraries in Physics Education. 

Please contact chall@aapt.org with questions, suggestions, or to report errors.

The turn-key Lesson Plan with Assessment was authored by AAPT K12 Program Manager Rebecca Vieyra. For additional lessons, resources, and professional development opportunities for high school physics teachers, visit the website at AAPT K12 Teacher Portal

The simulations in this tutorial were developed by OpenRocket.net, the CK12 Foundation, Larry Engelhardt, and ScienceLearn.org.  

Special thanks go out to the following people:

  • William Slaton, University of Central Arkansas
  • Derek Muller, Veritasium
  • Kim Penn, Physics Teacher - Conway, Arkansas, High School
  • Larry Engelhardt, Francis Marion University
  • Richard Nakka, Nakka's Experimental Rocketry Website
  • Sampo Niskanen, Copyright holder, OpenRocket 
  • NASA Goddard Space Center
  • Estes Rockets
  • National Association of Rocketry
  • CK12 Foundation
  • NASA Space Launch Complex
  • TeachEngineering.org
  • Taylor Dizon-Kelly and Richard Pardue, authors of We Have Liftoff!
  • The National Science Foundation
  • University of Houston
  • Thomas Sarradet, Jr., author of Stem-Based Model Rocketry Curriculum
  • University of Waikato, publisher of ScienceLearn's Investigating Rocket Motion