Rocket Mice

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In this activity, learners will make a model rocket to test the phrase "what goes up must come down." Learners will power their rockets with air pressure, and soon discover the effects of air resistance and gravity as their rockets come down. The activity guide has illustrated step-by-step instructions that let learners express their creativity in the design of their mice rockets. A helpful how-to video is also available.

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Learning Time:

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • An empty plastic milk container
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Things to decorate your rocket, markers, tissue paper, colored paper, feathers, glitter
  • Printed out rocket mouse template


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Projectile Motion

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building


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  • Free access



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