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NASA offers lessons in (homemade) rocketry and space flight

It’s Saturday (trust me, it is) – craft day. And we’ve found a great activity that’ll also wedge in a few science lessons.

We’re going to learn how to make a rocket out of an empty paper towel tube.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A paper towel tube
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber band
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Yard stick

In an easy to follow set of instructions, Dean Sweeney (straight from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in the Heroes and Legends Building/Astronaut Hall of Fame) leads kids through some step-by-step instructions on how your kids can craft their own flying rocket.

Note: You might also learn something. Surprisingly, there’s even a few beginner engineering techniques included – no one wants the stabilizers flying out of the bottom of their rocket – and there’s also a lesson about kinetic and potential energy.

Requisition the necessary elements from the appropriate, government-approved contractors (gather your stuff,) make a cut, tape a few things, create some stabilizers and you’re ready to achieve escape velocity and explore the universe. Or the atmosphere of the living room. Close enough.

Just remember the Prime Directive.

Here’s how:

Learn how to make a rocket out of a paper towel roll

3…2…1…Liftoff! Learn how to make a rocket out of a paper towel roll with Dan. 🚀We want to see your rockets in the comments below! Snap a picture and be sure to share. 📸⬇

Posted by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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