We are excited to share this awesome activity to encourage engineering for kids. This simple DIY soda rocket is out of this world.
For this experiment, we talked a lot about things that fly and researched ways to make items fly. We did a big study of potential and kinetic energy and with force and motion.
Rubber Cork (we used a #4)
Creating DIY Soda Rockets
The first you have to do is trace the water bottle to fit inside the styrofoam cone. With adult help, cut and dig out a hole to put the bottle in for the end of the project.
You need to cut out a space to put the wings of the rocket. With adult supervision, use a box cutter to make 3 slots at the bottom of the cone.
The wings are a little trickier. Using scrap paper, test and try designs before you come up with the one you end up with.
Decorate the rockets!
Conducting the Experiment | Launching the Soda Rockets
Finally, the rockets are ready! Ready for Blast Off!
Use the classic baking soda and vinegar reaction. Pour vinegar in the rocket, and place baking soda on 1 square of tissue paper. Then wrapp the baking soda in the tissue (so the reaction would be slow). When everyone is in a safe position, push the tissue into the bottle and cork the bottle. Then, quickly turn the bottle over and wait for the launch.