Stomp Rockets


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The Stomp Rocket is a great apparatus that is made from very common objects. Youth of all ages and adults enjoy launching the rockets. It’s hard to believe that these high-flying rockets are made of only paper and tape! Once you’ve created your first rocket, find ways to improve the performance or create new challenges to try.

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Supplies Needed

  • Stomp Rocket Template
    • Printed on 8.5″ x 14″ paper (Legal Paper)
  • Clear Packaging Tape
    • Can use any other tape as an alternative if you don’t have packaging tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers/li>
  • Optional: Glue Stick
  • Optional: 1/2″ PVC pipe cut into 12″ lengths to use as a “mold”
    • This is to ensure that your rocket isn’t too tight for the PVC launcher

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How to Build a Paper Rocket

 

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Step 1: Cut the Template

Begin by cutting all of the pieces out of the template.

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Step 2: Check Your Pieces

You should have the following template pieces: Body Tube, 4x Fins, Fin Guide, Nose Cone, Pressure Cap.

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Step 3: Color the Pieces

Color the pieces however you like. Have fun decorating!

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Step 4: Form the Rocket

Wrap the body tube around the 1/2″ PVC pipe and tape it to form a tube.  Be careful not to tape the paper to the PVC, you will need to remove the PVC from inside the paper before launching.

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Step 5: Cover the Body Tube

Cover the body tube in clear packing tape.  This will provide the body of the rocket with a little rigidity.

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Step 6: Tape the Pressure Cap

Tape the pressure cap to the top of one end of the body tube. Make sure that there aren’t any spots where the air can escape.

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Step 7: Fold the Nose

Fold the nose cone along the dotted lines. You can optionally use a glue stick on the nose cone. In my experience (and haste), the nose cone has been fine without the glue.

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Step 8: Tape the Nose

Tape the nose cone to the top of the rocket (on top of the pressure cap).

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Step 9: Fold the Fins

Fold each fin. Try to experiment with different folds for the fins!

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Step 10: (Optional) Add More Fins

You can choose to use 3 or 4 fins on your rocket.  Tape the Fin Guide to the bottom of your rocket and then tape the fins in place aligning the fins with the lines on the Fin Guide to match either 3 or 4 fins.

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Step 11: Launch!

You are now ready for launching!

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