Along with being easily accessible, both vinegar and baking soda are safe products that children can handle without any risk of injury.
The Making of a Rocket
Here are a few simple steps to do this. The first few times, this should be monitored by the parents to set a basic guideline for the children before they start making these by themselves.
- An empty film canister
- Construction paper of the desired color
- Baking soda
- Glue tape
- A pair of scissors
- Roll the construction paper around the empty film canister in order to form a long tube. Make sure that the lid of the canister is at the bottom of the construction paper roll and then secure the roll with the help of the glue tape.
- Cut a circle of the construction paper in order to make a cone which will serve as the top of your rocket.
- Cut a slit into that circle and fold it in shape of a cone and secure it with the tape at the top of your rocket.
- It is important to stabilize the rocket, and so add four tail fins to the base. The model is ready.
Launching the Rocket
Do remember to launch the rocket only in an open ground. Do not ever point the rocket towards any person, car or building. Also ensure that nobody has their face near the head of the rocket at the time of the launch.
Steps to Launch
Take off the lid of the film canister and put a small amount of baking soda and vinegar in it. Close the lid as quickly as possible and place the rocket on the ground with its nose side facing up. Move a little away from the range of the rocket and see your mean machine take off!
You can also use an empty soda bottle instead of the film canister. Once you learn how to make these, you can experiment with multiple ingredients like plain lemon juice and other types of vinegar like white, balsamic and apple cider vinegar and measure the difference depending on the performance of the rocket.
Did You Know?
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and vinegar is acetic acid. When sodium bicarbonate is mixed with acetic acid, it further breaks down and vinegar which is mixed with water, bubbles out and causes the immediate reaction to form foam, which tries to escape, thus causing the rocket to take off.
Doesn't this sound fun? If you are still not sure about making one, you can buy one of the baking soda and vinegar rocket kits that are available in the market and observe how it is made and then make one yourself.