At Kazoom Kids we are all about making learning about science fun and easy for everyone! This Kazoom STEM activity for kids and a great way to have some fun while also learning all about rockets!
- Begin with a discussion about famous rockets and space crafts. Look up pictures to get an idea of what these rockets looked like (Apollo 11, Apollo 8, Space Shuttle, Atlas V, Falcon Heavy, Saturn V, etc.); alternatively, look up videos of launches to get an idea of what rocket launches look like.
- Design a rocket starting with the body. Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches tall and wrap it loosely around the straw so that it fits but is not overly tight. Before taping it closed, decorate it with markers or other supplies. When you are finished decorating, tape it closed on the side so that it resembles a cylinder, then tape the top of the tube closed. It should fit on the end of the straw like a cap.
- Add fins, a nose cone, or a triangular tip to your rocket. You may choose to design it to look like historical rockets or add your own flair. When you are finished, tape the pieces to the capped tube “body” of your rocket.
- When your rocket is finished, place it on the end of your straw. Call out “3, 2, 1, blast-off!” and blow into the other end of the straw to make your rocket launch!
- Design as many rockets as you want. How can you change the design to make the rocket fly farther or faster?
- Measure how far your rocket flies, either up in the air or the distance on the ground. Try setting up baskets or buckets and see if you can fly your rocket into the target.
- Experiment with materials. Does using different paper (cardstock, tissue paper) change the outcome? What if you add weighted designs, like beads? Does making the rocket taller or shorter change how far it can fly?
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