How to Make a Rocket at Home

Uncle Cecil shares how to make a rocket at home | Sassafras Science BlogHello and welcome students to the Sassafras Science lab!

I’m Cecil Sassafras, your host for this little excursion. Blaine and Tracey asked me to share a little activity with you guys. So today, we are going to go through how to make a rocket at home.

First, you will need lots of wire, several metal sheets … excuse me for one moment, my lab assistant President Lincoln is waving some sort of paper wildly in attempts to get my attention, be back in a skippity-do-da …

Persactly!  The Prez has just now reminded me of a memo that I had completely forgotten about.

I’ll share it here with you, that way we’ll be on the same page … I just need to move Socrates off this scanner and then it should pop up on your screen…

cecil letter

Ahh…those folks at the Sassafras team know me so well!

So, I had better share a kid-friendly, human-powered type of rocket instead. It seems that it is not a good idea for me to share how you can build a working rocket in your basement! Maybe one of these days Linc-dog and I can zip you over to the lab to see the real thing.

For now, I’ll amend my list of materials so that now you will need a soda bottle, some rubber cement, paper, pencil, and several sheets of foam. Linc-dog, can you upload the slideshow we used with the twins the other day and we’ll get rolling?

Bravo, another excellent presentation by my amazing lab assistant! In case you missed a step of how to make a rocket at home, here’s the list:

Steps to Complete:

  1. Gather supplies.
  2. Draw your fin design on a sheet of paper.
  3. Cut out the fin shape and use it as a template to make three foam fins.
  4. Use rubber cement to attach the fins to the base of the bottle and let them dry.
  5. Use a full sheet of foam to cut out a cone shape for the top of the bottle.
  6. Glue the cone together and let it dry. (You may need a bit of tape to hold it in place.)
  7. Attach the cone to the bottle with rubber cement and let it dry.
  8. Your rocket is ready for human-powered use!

Now you have your very own bottle rocket, just like mine, for your lab desk.

Oh my, your right, Prez, I almost forgot! Here’s a template you can use for cutting out your rocket cone and fins:

I hope you enjoyed your peek into the Sassafras Science lab. Make sure you come back in two weeks for more from my lovely niece and nephew!

by Cecil Sassafras

 

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