Homemade Air Rockets

Everyone who sees the air rocket the first time just can't believe how high it goes. - SciencetoyMaker


If I had to pick just one science project that would appeal to the most people, this air rocket would be the one. Everyone who sees one the first time just can't believe how high it goes. It costs less than $3 to make the launcher, and the rockets are free.

Air rockets appeal to a vast range of ages. Pre-schoolers (under the watchful eye of an adult) can send rockets higher than their houses. Teenagers and adults can engineer rockets that go higher than the tallest trees. The rockets can take up helicopters and maple seeds and release them at the highest point.

Two sets of instructions will get you to launch: Instructions for making the launcher and Instructions for making the rockets.

How to Make the Air Rocket Launcher

The launcher is simply an L shaped plastic pipe with legs to keep it standing. A soda bottle attached to one end provides the air reservoir.

Quick Bottle Change Adapter

You can get 50 stomps from a bottle before you have to replace it. If you get tired of peeling off the tape that holds the bottle onto the stomp rocket launcher every time you have to change it, consider this optional step.

Air Rocket Gallery

People made air rockets and sent some pictures and videos.

I'd like to know how this project goes for you. I'm happy to answer questions about it. Feedback from you is an important way for me to know what works and what needs clarification.