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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Physics, aerodynamics, flight, stability

Introduction

Blast off! Have you ever played with a model or toy rocket, or seen a real rocket launch on TV? In this project you will make simple rockets out of paper and launch them by blowing into a drinking straw. Can you make the rocket that flies the farthest?

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Two pieces of paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Drinking straw
  • Drinking straw
  • Ruler
  • Clear space in which to launch your "rockets," such as a large room, hallway or outdoor area with no wind
  • Measuring tape (optional)
    Sheets of colored construction paper, scissors, straws and a roll of tape

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Physics, aerodynamics, flight, stability
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