How to Make a Rocket Fly

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How to Make a Rocket Fly
With a little imagination, plastic bottles become rocket ships set for outer space. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Whether for a school project or just to have some fun in the backyard, children can create a flying rocket. With a little imagination, they can make their own rocket and design it to match their personality. Also, they can create their own launching pad to send the rocket into space. They may not get their own feet off of the ground, but kids will enjoy launching their handmade rockets into the atmosphere.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 Plastic report covers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 1/2-inch wide PVC pipe
  • 3 PVC pipes, 12 inches long
  • 2 PVC caps
  • Cling film
  • 1 PVC cross fitting
  • 1 PVC pipe, 10 and 2 inches long
  • 1 45-degree PVC elbow
  • 2-liter clean, dry, uncapped bottle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make the body of the rocket. Place the report covers on your work surface. Cut a 9-inch-by-5-inch rectangle out of the report covers. Tape the rectangle to the work surface. Place the PVC pipe at the other end and roll the plastic onto the pipe. Tape the plastic along the seam so it hold its shape. Press down on one end of tube until it is flat and cut of the corners to form the tip of the rocket. Tape the end so it holds its shape.

  2. 2

    Add the fins. Cut a 2-by-5-inch rectangle from the plastic. Cut at a diagonal to create two triangles from the plastic. Tape the bottom of the triangles to the open side of the rocket. Feel free to create additional fins for your rocket.

  3. 3

    Create a rocket launcher. Place two of the 12-inch PVC pipes on the ground and cap one end on each pipe. Wrap two layers of cling film around the uncapped ends. Place the cross piece over the cling film on each piece. Use the two holes opposite each other. The plastic will help secure the cross piece to the PVC. To another side of the cross add the 2-inch PVC pipe. Add the elbow piece to the end of the 2-inch piece. The other 12-inch piece can go on the last opening on the cross. Put the 10-inch piece of PVC onto the elbow fitting. Tape the bottle securely onto the 12-inch end without a cap.

  4. 4

    Put the rocket in motion. Set the rocket in the yard or open outdoor area so it forms an L-shape. The bottle should be on the ground. The open end of the rocket slides onto the top of the L. Jump onto the bottle and watch all the air rush through the tubes and send the rocket flying.

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to make multiple rockets in case they fly out of sight.

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