Sunday Rocket Science...

This Sunday we launched a rocket. Yep. My son dug up an old neglected rocket kit he had received as a gift. It had once been half-heartedly messed with and then returned to the garage to collect dust. He decided that it was the day to make the rocket.

Once opened, we discovered half the components were missing. Not an uncommon occurence around here, to say the least. It didn't discourage him enough to give up. We compromised on the parts and he was able to make a very cool-looking rocket. Sort of Rollie Pollie Ollie-esque, if you ask me. Next, it was off to the local baseball/soccer field for the launching.

What makes this rocket shoot into the sky you ask? A simple, tried and true concoction of baking soda and vinegar, shaken, not stirred. It launched beautifully. Soared 15, maybe 20 feet into the blue yonder. What a thrill!

After a few launches, he had run out of "fuel" so back home we went. He decided to launch it in front of the house on our quiet street. In 5 minutes flat, all the neighborhood children were gathered around and squealing with delight. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Pre-launch rocket...with all the fuel supplies.

Post-launch rocket. Not too bad considering how many times it hit the ground hard.

2 comments:

paperhill said...

what fun! i remember doing that with my dad & brother. good stuff :)

Brenda // Phydeaux said...

Wow, that's a great looking rocket, even post re-entry! :)