**Title:** Attitude Determines Altitude

**Description:**
This cross-curricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.

**Standard(s): **

[MA2013] PRE (9-12) 33: Prove the Pythagorean identity sin^{2}(θ) + cos^{2}(θ) = 1, and use it to find sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) given sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) and the quadrant of the angle. [F-TF8] (Alabama)