Stomp Rockets

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In this activity, learners will build a stomp-powered launcher to blast off paper rockets they design. Materials can be found at a local hardware store or you may already have them at home. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, a "what's going on" section, and a note about doing STEAM with kids.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Plastic Tubing
  • PVC pipe
  • Empty 2L soda bottle
  • Duct tape
  • Construction paper
  • Stiff paper (cardstock, index cards, or similar)
  • Masking or craft tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Toys


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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