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.