Passport to Learning’s newest workshop is called “Blast Off!” which is based on Webb Gallery’s exhibit, TimeMachines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk.
|A coin-operated rocket ride you can see on exhibit in the |
Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk show at Webb Gallery!
After checking out the exhibit’s cool collection of toy rockets from the 1900s, kids head outside to test out their own rockets!
Wait a minute – what is a rocket? Rockets fly in the air, but certainly not like a duck! Rockets are big tubes that are filled with two different types of fuel. When these fuels are set on fire they are pushed out from the bottom of the tube at a very fast speed, which causes the rocket to lift off into the air. Huge rockets are powerful enough to take shuttles, satellites, and rovers into space, just like this rocket that sent the Curiosity Rover to Mars!
|Atlas V-541 rocket's lifting off into space carrying the Mars Curiosity Rover to Mars.|
Click on here to see some more amazing pictures of this powerful rocket!
Want to make a fun little rocket at home? Here’s what you’ll need:
· Film Canister
(If you don't have one lying around,
you can purchase a small pack here.)
· Alka Seltzer Tablets
· Board or Mat (to use as a launch pad)
You’ll definitely want to be outside for your rocket launch, only because it does get messy and you certainly don’t want any crashes into a ceiling!
Simply fill the film canister with a little bit of water (do not fill it more than half). Next, drop one Alka Seltzer tablet into the canister and quickly snap on the lid. As fast you can, give the canister a small shake and put it on the launch pad with the lid side facing down on the mat. You’ll only have a second or two before liftoff, so quickly move away from the rocket!
|It's filling up with forceful gas!|
How far did your rocket go? What changes would you make to the rocket to make it go even higher? If you could design your own small rocket, what materials would you use? Tell me about your experiments and results by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and for a chance to appear on my blog!