You will learn how to make, launch and analyze the trajectory of a rocket.


    1. Preparation

    Make your own versions of an air pumped rocket and prepare to collect data about its launching.


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    2. Launching

    Final rocket launch! Collect data and video about the launch, and share that information. 


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    3. Data Analysis 

    Investigate which rocket went the furthest and which went the fastest. Create theories about how rocket design or environmental conditions could have resulted in rocket distance and speed.

    Activities Overview

    Experiences:  From Novice to Advanced
    Age Group:  7 - 15
    Group Size:  15 - 20
    Hours:  18 - 20 hrs
    Key Words: force, motion, push, friction, gravity, Newton's laws
    Cost Per Student:  $10 - 20 USD


    • Scissors
    • Computer
    • Google spreadsheets
    • Hammer
    • Internet


    • Plastic bottle
    • One cork
    • One paper nose cone
    • Cardboard
    • One air pump with a needle adaptor
    • Sticky tape
    • One Android phone with Google's Science Journal app installed
    • Safety goggles


    Children should get an adult to help them build and launch this rocket. Be careful with your fingers when making a hole through the cork. Take the rocket outside to launch and only ever fire into an area that is clear of people, animals and breakable objects. Wear safety goggles at all times and stand at least three meters back during launch, as the rocket will fire with little or no warning and could fly in a random direction. 


    Learning Objectives

    • To experience the creation of an artifact that can fly
    • To introduce general knowledge regarding the ideas of movement, force, friction and gravity
    • To have a basic working knowledge of how to collect data, how to analyze data, and how sensors work
    • To gain skills in making including, rapid prototyping and testing, design improvement, cardboard cutting, and measurement.