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Straw Rocket Launcher

SKU: W20426
A Pitsco Exclusive
$199.00 (USD)
Availability: In Stock


Students can build their own straw rockets and test them on the Straw Rocket Launcher. Just like early rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, they can conduct scientific experiments by varying the trajectory angle and launch energy. These rockets can travel up to 50 feet!

The Straw Rocket Launcher uses pneumatic force created by releasing a weighted drop rod in the cylinder to launch rockets. The force of the launch can be controlled by varying the release height of the rod. The launcher features the following:

  • Simple operation
  • Adjustable trajectory angle with angle gauge
  • Clear tube that displays internal parts
  • Adjustable launch force

Building straw rockets is a fun, inexpensive activity and a great way to introduce students to rocketry. Use with Precision Straws, sold separately. Recommended for use in a large, open indoor area such as a gymnasium.

Looking for standards-based activities to accompany these materials? The Straw Rockets Teacher’s Guide is available for print here, or you can download a digital copy for free here.

In need of fun activities for elementary-aged students? Download the Straw Rocket Elementary STEM Activity Guide for free here.


Type: Tools and Equipment/Launching and Testing Grades: K-12


What You'll Get

  • Straw Rocket Launcher, some assembly required
  • Tube of silicone-based lubricant


Learning Values

  • Center of gravity/pressure
  • Force and motion
  • Projectile motion
  • Thrust
  • Calibrations
  • Design processes
  • Pneumatic systems
  • Problem-solving
  • Modeling
  • Observations/analysis
  • Prediction
  • Testing and evaluating a solution
  • Data analysis/prediction
  • Data collection/graphs
  • Measuring angles/lengths
  • Precision


  • Rating: The drop rod for the Straw Rocket Launcher weighs 458 grams.
  • Dimensions: 9" x 11" x 25"
  • Tools and Materials Required: Built straw rockets, safety goggles, Precision Straws

“The straw rockets unit is one of my students’ favorite activities. They absolutely love designing, building, and testing their rockets. You can hear their excitement build when they use the Pitsco launcher and watch their rockets fly down the designated path. Using straw rockets provides an excellent opportunity to integrate STEM skills into your curriculum.”

– Joan Gillman, former fourth- and fifth-grade teacher

“Just wanted to [say] that I am so proud that I got the Straw Rocket Launcher! We had school Monday and Tuesday this week. I decided we would make straw rockets on Monday and we launched them today! The students loved it! Please let me know if you have any other wonderful activities like this! Thanks so much.”

– Cindy Thomas, STEM teacher, Choctaw Central High School, Choctaw, Mississippi