Rockets and projectiles: STEM Clubs Week 2022

From water and paper rockets to flying mice, create and launch your own rockets using these resources.  You can share your designs via #STEMClubsWeek22



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Pop rockets

In this activity, students create a pop rocket by combining a film canister, antacid tablet and water. 

Rockets and Projectiles

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Studying rockets captures the imagination of many students, as well as providing real-life applications of Newton’s laws of motion.

The booklet looks at the differences between...

Rocket Mice

This activity involves shooting a rocket high into the air by rapidly squashing a plastic bottle launcher.

It’s a great opportunity to challenge the old saying “What goes up must come down”. You won’t get this rocket into space—but some real rockets do go fast enough to prove the saying wrong.


Balloon rocket

A balloon provides a simple example of how a rocket engine works. The air trapped inside the balloon pushes out the open end, causing the balloon to move forward. The force of the air escaping is the “action”; the movement of the balloon forward is the “reaction” predicted by Newton’s Third Law of Motion.


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