Flying model rockets is a relatively
and inexpensive way for students
to learn the basics of forces and
There are many different types of model rockets and one of the first and
simplest type of rocket that
a student encounters is the
We have an
Beginner's Guide to Rockets,
devoted to the science and math of bottle rockets.
There are special web pages for
to align bottle rocket activities with National Math and Science Standards.
It is important to note that building and launching a bottle rocket is not
only educational, it is fun. Groups of students can work together with a teacher
to learn the fundamentals. In the figure at the top of this page, we show teachers and students from
two different schools involved with bottle rocket activities. The center photo comes from
Sue Simmons of Birche's Elementary School in Turnersville, New Jersey. Mrs. Simmons and
her students are preparing a rocket for launch at the pad. The other two photos are from
Casey Teliczan of the Rockford Public School District in Rockford, Michigan. Mr. Teliczan's
activities are part of the Rockford Community Services after-school enrichment program.
On the left photo, his students proudly display their rocket designs and
on the right, a rocket has been launched leaving a trail of water exhaust.
Birche's Elementary School 5th grade classes conducted
scientific studies of bottle rockets in the fall of 2009.
They were joined in the fall of 2011 by students and teachers at Whitman Elementary.
Each group of students launched an egg on a rocket of their own design
with and without water as a propellant.
The students produced
Power Point presentations
of their studies which are available for your study and viewing.
In 2009, Mrs. Simmons' classes produced a video recording of their project
and have made it available to students around the world. Just click on the
movie picture below to launch the video.
The file is large (34 Mb) so it may take time to download.