Learn all about rockets and flying while you make your own rocket craft to fly!
- Print out of two pattern sheets
- Crayons or markers
- Bendy straw
What to do:
- Print the patterns (click the link here to open the template page: Rocket Templates).
- Color the rocket (if you’d like), then cut along the solid lines.
- Fold on the dotted lines, then tape the pocket onto the back of the rocket along three sides.
- Place the short end of a bendy straw into the pocket.
You are ready to fly!
How do rockets work?
If you fill a long skinny balloon with air, then let it go without tying it, you will have created a rocket, of sorts. The fuel for the rocket comes from your lungs and creates thrust. This is the power that lifts the balloon off of the ground overcoming the weight and driving it upward. It creates a lift, which carries the rocket into the air. The weight of the balloon and the air that gets in the way as it rises is what carries it back down because the opposite force of lift is drag.
These Laws of Motion were first observed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666 when he allegedly saw an apple fall from a tree. He wrote a book about it in 1687.
Other Rocketry Sources found at the library:
Maker Lab Outdoors: Smithsonian by Jack Challoner
Rocket Science by Deborah Lock