Empty film canister
Design your rocket, drawing it on paper. A simple cylinder, nose cone, and a pair of fins will suffice. It should stand around 6 inches (15 cm) tall and be approximately 1½ inches (3.75 cm) in diameter.
Cut out your rocket components (cylinder, nose cone, and fins) and glue them together.
Open the film canister and drop one-half of an Alka-Seltzer tablet into it.
Fill the canister half full of water and snap the canister cap into place. Slide the rocket over the cap, place the assembly cap-down, and get back. Watch the rocket blast off.
This project was excerpted from The Big Book Of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects, a compendium of ingenious and hilarious projects for aspiring makers. Buy it here. And for more amazing hacks, go here.
What the heck is film and where do I get a canister of it?
Are these the directions the North Koreans used?
How about a baking soda and vinegar rocket too!
Do a search on the internet. There are all kinds
of simply designs and have fun!
dwesnor, I read your comment and almost spit my lunch all over my desk because I was laughing so hard. :)
'film' container? I wonder if they mean my cellphone case. Hmmmm...
foam, froth, fizzle...sounds of warranty voiding. :)
when I read the Title of this article, "Build and launch a mini rocket", I thought they were going to show us adult types something that we hadn't already done when we were in the first grade. Very disappointing. Am I now to believe you have enough 1st graders reading PopSci that you can ignore the rest of us?
Get a life Mister_Fixit :)
Sounds pretty easy. I think I will try this.
Dwesnor, you crack me up!