To boldly go where no kid has gone before
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
- 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.