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Make your own space rocket from home

Dee Maynard, education programs manager at Kennedy Space Center joined us via Zoom to virtually demonstrate how to create your own miniature rocket from home.

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been working hard to bring space to homes across the country over the past several weeks. Dee Maynard, education programs manager at Kennedy Space Center joined us via Zoom to virtually demonstrate how to create your own miniature rocket from home. Learn more at kennedyspacecenter.com/. 

Chemical Rocket

 Scientific Principles: Chemical reactions can create propulsion. In this case, build-up of CO2 causes pressure that pops the canister; action/reaction launches the rocket in the opposite direction.

Demonstrate with film canister rocket. Fill tank 1/2 with liquid. Tape the soda packet to the inside of the lid so countdown begins when the rocket is turned upright. Challenge to older students: calculate the right amount of liquid/solid components to make the rocket launch at the right moment of the countdown!

Materials needed:

• safety glasses

• rocket (film canister, paper, tape)

• baking soda & vinegar (or Mentos & Sprite)

Squeeze Rocket

Scientific Principles: Physical/mechanical systems can create propulsion. In this case, rapidly squeezing the bottle causes pressure change that launches the straw.

Demonstrate with squeeze rocket.

Materials needed:

• water bottle with cap (drill hole in cap)

• pre-made rocket (larger straw, decorated with nose cone and fins)

• smaller straw (fitted into cap and sealed with putty to be airtight)

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