wikiHow to Make a Foam Rocket

This space rocket is easy to make and doesn't require fire or explosives to launch, making it an ideal classroom project.

Steps

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    Cut the foam pipe into one foot (0.3 meter) lengths.
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    Attach a cable tie to the rubber band (elastic band). Do not tighten all the way.
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    Place the rubber band/cable tie into the foam pipe, leaving an end of the rubber band exposed. The cable tie should be inside the pipe.
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    Attach the remaining cable tie securely to the end of the pipe so that the rubber band cannot be pulled through.
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    Cut off the excess cable. Be careful of sharp edges!
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    Cut fins from the foam tray. Experiment with different shapes, sizes, and number of fins.
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    Glue the fins to the foam pipe. If you have a hot glue gun, use it. Otherwise, use glue suitable for fabric.
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    Launch the rocket. Place the rubber band (elastic band) over your finger and pull back on the bottom of the rocket. Move your arm forward in a throwing motion as you release the rocket.

Tips

  • Try different shapes of fins.

Warnings

  • Be careful with hot glue.
  • Never point a rocket at people or animals.
  • Do not launch rocket indoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam pipe insulation
  • 2 cable ties
  • 1 rubber band (elastic band)
  • Foam tray
  • Hobby knife or scissors
  • Hot glue gun or fabric glue

Article Info

Categories: Model Rockets