D.I.Y Science – Make your own Rocket

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The D.I.Y. Science series contains some of our favourite experiments for kids to try at home. They are designed to help school teachers and carers inspire a child’s curiosity in science. It’s time to get hands-on.

This episode shows students how to make their own rocket that launches using the gases emitted by a chemical reaction – just like the real thing!

It is best suited to Years 7 -10 Chemistry and Physics students who are learning about chemical reactions and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

D.I.Y SCIENCE: Make your own Rocket

Find out how high you can launch your own rocket in this activity.

Video Length: 2:00 mins

With thanks to Questacon.

Have you ever dreamed of flying into space? How would you like make your own model rocket powered by high-pressured gas?


What you’ll need:

1 x cup of tap water
1 x cup of white vinegar
2 x plastic cups
1 x box of Bicarb soda
1 x teaspoon
1 x pair of safety goggles
1 x empty film canister with a tight-fitting lid

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Years: 7, 8, 9, 10


Chemical Sciences – Chemical Reactions

Physical Sciences – Forces

Additional – Careers, Technology, Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Change of Matter

Physical Sciences – Forces and Motion