Build A Rocket

Nothing gets students involved in STEM like hands on experiments. And what could be better than building your own rockets!

While rocketry congers up images of dangerous chemicals and impossible insurance requirements, your students can explore rocketry with nothing more than water or compressed air.

Engaging your students with rockets and space travel can open the door to instruction in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and even history.

Check out the Fly Rockets and the National Association of Rocketry lists of local clubs, and invite a nearby club to come to your school to demonstrate and talk about rockets.

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2-Stage Water Rocket - flies to 810'

This is one of those "don't do this at home" type projects.  learn more

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Awesome Film Canister Rocket

On of the easiest ways to build a rocket uses plastic 35mm film canisters and Alka-Seltzer. We saw these being demoed at a science day and everyone enjoyed…  learn more

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How to make a water powered bottle rocket

You will want to take a few more safety precautions, but this video shows how easy it is to build a rocket.  learn more

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Mr. Hayhurst's Quick and Easy Bottle Rocket

Pat Hayhurst, a H.S. Instructor, describes how he creates Bottle Rockets using 2-liter soda bottles, compressed air and water, and includes a lesson plan! [Our webmaster agrees that…  learn more

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National Association of Rocketry

The NAR provides educational resources and a list of nearby clubs. National Association of Rocketry is the oldest and largest sport rocketry organization in the world.  learn more

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Saturn V Vacuum Rocket Launcher

This launcher project uses air or a lack thereof, not water or pyrotechnics, to launch the spacecraft. Uses a vacuum pump, acrylic cylinder and simple 3D printed parts.…  learn more

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Simple, Easy to Build Water Rocket Launcher

A simple bottle rocket launcher build out of a length of PVC pipe, some glue and a disposable pen. (Nice music, too)  learn more

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The America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest rocket contest, designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace…  learn more

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Estes Educator - Lesson Plans

Our mission is to deliver interdisciplinary STEM resources and tools to educators that give them the skills and confidence necessary to elevate learning. For those looking for rockets…  learn more

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NASA Student Launch Challenge

NASA's Student Launch is a researched-based, competitive, experiential exploration activity. It includes yearly challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and non-academic…  learn more

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Rockets Educator Guide from NASA

Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical foundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentic hands-on, minds-on experimentation. The…  learn more