For Grades: K - 6
Step 1 - Introduction
Build your own straw rockets! *Don’t poke your eye out.*
Step 2 - Learn More
For Grades K-6
How Does a Rocket Fly
This cartoon video is geared toward younger kids, but the info is great for all. Learn about the forces needed to launch a rocket! Hint: Newton’s Laws of Motion!
For Grades 3-6
How Rockets Work
This one is funny but informative. Hint again: More Newton’s Laws of Motion!
Step 3 - Your Project
The Challenge: Build a straw rocket!
- Thin Straw – (like small Starbucks straw)
- Thick Straw – (like large Starbucks straw)
- Hot glue or clay or tape (to plug tip of thick straw)
- Empty Kool-Aid Burst bottle (optional)
- Use hot glue, tape, or modeling clay to plug the end of the thick straw
- Place thick straw (rocket) over thin straw (launcher) and blow through the thin straw. BLAST OFF!
- If you have an empty Kool-Aid Burst bottle, you can insert the small launcher straw into the tip and seal with tape or hot glue to make a squeeze launcher!
- Do some SCIENCE!
- Make changes to your rockets or launcher and see how it affects your flights!
Step 4 - Share
Share with someone you love!
Share with someone you love! Today’s recommendation is to call a grandparent (or older family member) that doesn’t live at your house, and tell them about your project!
- Possible things to talk about:
- What did you learn?
- What did you build?
- What problems did you run into?
- How did you solve them?