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Straw Rocket Launcher

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$174.00 (USD)
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Description

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:

  • 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.

Details

Type: Tools and Equipment/Launching and Testing Grades: K-12
SKU: W20426

Safety

What You'll Get

  • Straw Rocket Launcher, assembled
  • Tube of silicon-based lubricant

Resources

Learning Values

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

Specifications

  • 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

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“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