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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Rocket propulsion, action-reaction forces

Introduction

If you have wondered how rockets are propelled forward or if you enjoy the excitement of launching a rocket, this is an activity for you! You will learn how to make tiny rockets from aluminum foil and matchsticks, and how to ignite them safely. Soon, you will be launching one rocket after the other! Your challenge will be to find the most reliable launching mechanism.

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Aluminum foil
  • Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Matchsticks, at least 20
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Large matchbox or another box that is less than an inch high
  • Paper clip (without plastic cover)
  • Tea light candle with a candle holder or other surface that can support wax drippings, or a multipurpose lighter
  • Safety glasses
  • Adult supervision when launching rockets
  • Optional: tape
    Materials needed to do this fun Match Rockets science activity

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Rocket propulsion, action-reaction forces
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