10 Dollar Stomp Rocket Launcher

Stomp rockets are a great way to introduce flight, pneumatics, and energy transfer through hands-on learning. Paper rockets are very easy to make, and use “virtually free” materials. This will help encourage multiple iterations and exploration of rocket design. You should be able to focus on the important aspects of building and redesigning the rockets. The rockets themselves are very inexpensive, and there are lots of options for their redesign.

I spent a few hours exploring the various supply options at a big box building supply store.
Without knowing exactly what I would end up with, I brought a good collection of supplies to a local space to work it out. In the video above, you can see some of what worked, and a few things that might be good to avoid in building your own stomp rocket launcher.

10 Dollar Stomp Rocket Launcher

During an evening session, I built several launchers of a few different designs. Each of the designs is simpler than the one shown in the Instructable that I referenced.

The teachers’ shopping list has notes about which materials and tools are best for this project: Printable Shopping List

There are photos of this project. There are notes in the captions of the pictures, which may be helpful during the shopping and build sessions of the project.

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4 Responses to 10 Dollar Stomp Rocket Launcher

  1. Pingback: MAKE | Ten Dollar Stomp Rocket Launcher

    • Chris Connors says:

      This video shows the components, and discusses the build. There will be a separate video reagarding the making of the rockets and how to launch them.

  2. Pingback: CISE Rockets and Robots | STEM | Lab Studio

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