Sunday, May 24, 2009

3-2-1 Blast Off!

This afternoon Evan was excited to try out the rocket science kit he received yesterday as one of his birthday presents. It was a pretty basic "kit". It came with a small booklet that did a great job covering how rockets work, included recipes for two types of rocket fuel and ideas to increase the fuels efficiency. The kit also included the plastic rocket, foam protective nose cone and the launching base.

The first rocket fuel recipe was a combination of vinegar and baking soda. Since I had both these items in the pantry this is the fuel we used today. The second fuel included alcaselzer, which is not something I normally have around the house. A small amount of baking soda was placed in the chamber of the launching base. The rocket was turned nose down and 1 tablespoon of vinegar was poured into rocket tube. The rocket was quickly inverted and snugly seated over the launching base.

We quickly took a few steps back and waited, and waited... then finally POP!

The rocket shot straight up into the air so fast it was impossible to keep your eyes on it! We heard the "thud" on the deck boards before we actually knew were it was going to land.

Rinse and repeat... and repeat... and repeat!

This was a whole lot of fun for both Evan and I! I am sure it won't be long before this gets sent flying again!
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