Picture of DIY Stomp Rockets

In this instructable I will show you how to make stomp rockets out of house hold materials. I first saw how to make these a while back in a class when we learned about how rockets worked, I did tweak the design a bit, so this isn't quite designed by me. however, these do do a great job of explaining how rockets work and are great for class activities for students young and old.

You'll Need:

-2 liter soda bottle
-1in wide bike tube( at least 3 ft long)
-1in wide pvc, abs pipe (at least a foot long)
-pen or pencil

Step 1: The Launching System

Picture of The Launching System
To make the launching system stretch the bike tube over the 2 liter soda bottle and add some tape if it doesnt seal well enough, then attach the other end of the bike tube to the pvc pipe and add tape if needed, now the launching system is done, so now we need to make a rocket.
lolady5 made it!2 months ago

I made it!

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lolady52 months ago

This really helped make my DIY stomp rockets! Thanks!

lolady52 months ago
joramous3 months ago

I use this with my physics classes. They love it! The only thing we do differently is we use the bottle cap to seal the top of the rocket before placing the nose cone. It does add mass but the better seal (than you get with taping alone) allows for more air pressure in the rocket.

mayrabenitez5 months ago
cunn1ngham made it!9 months ago

We made rockets last night in cub scouts. This was fantastic. We used 1/2" schedule 40 pvc pipe cut into 1 ft. sections. Assembly is easier if each person has their own pipe section to work with. I purchased 27" bike tubes from the local hardware store. It is long enough to make two rocket launchers. The 27" tube stretches over the mouth of the 2 liter bottle snugly. The tube fits over the pipe easier than the bottle.. Wire ties made sure the tube stayed under pressure. Someone suggested the wire ties in a previous note and it sounded like a good idea. The well made rockets easily exceeded 50 feet. We launched at night in a lighted parking lot so it was often hard to see them after they passed the range of visible light. One launcher can easily keep several kids busy, after all they have to fetch the rocket. The fewer rocket launchers used; the fewer flying projectiles you have to avoid. Parental supervision is a must. The rocket may be made of paper, but the pointed cone (nose) does hurt when it hits the skin. I don't want to think about any place else as a target. We will do this again!!

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lorgenson1 year ago

wtf wher do i get that thing you put on the bottle

colB1 year ago
Tried this with my son for a school project and it was great. we made one with a narrower pipe and one with wider. The narrower pipe was significantly better. A also found that a narrow racer tube that kept it's shape worked way better than a flat mb tube. got the tube free from local bike shop that recycles load of used tubes.
Cheeseduck3 years ago
I do this all the time with my nephew. The only thing I do differently is use zip-ties to attach the rubber tube to the pvc pipe and the bottle. They are cheap, easy to attach, make a tighter seal than tape, and don't leave behind a sticky residue.
Lovebug18123 years ago
i am so gonna try this.
sithlil3 years ago
how far does it shoot?
cooooooooooooooool i want one but i dont have a bike tube
can u use something other than that?
plz respond
Emsaid (author)  retrotimelord4 years ago
just anything that air can be passed through so maybe a hose of some sort??
redlizard54 years ago
would it work with 3/4 pvc instead
of course it works just make the rocket bigger
asarris4 years ago
instead of stomping you could use pressured air for a more "explosive" flight.
A rocket like this flies a LOT higher if you add a small weight to the nose. Read a little bit about ballistics to find out why. Do some experimenting with weight and report your results here! Stomp rockets are great!
omnibot4 years ago
Excellent use of simple parts. Many stomp rocket launchers are discouragingly complicated.
skip. omnibot4 years ago
that's really cool...
i have nothing to say except...That was awesome
khulio.h24 years ago
thats pretty cool and simple!! :) made it and loved it... but be careful guys u can harm people with this thing... i poked my friend's eye with it a couple of days ago :s :s
mjesse4 years ago
Cool, will make one.
asterman4 years ago
let me just tell you,
this instructable takes the cake for being the most simple yet fun project. well done!
Mplinnc4 years ago
I bet you could make the wings turn and it would go higher...
chinchymork4 years ago
Not gunna lie this is pretty sweet!
tictaclad4 years ago
this works sooooo good!!! my rocket went really high
plugable4 years ago
Good idea, How high can it reach?
Emsaid (author)  plugable4 years ago
oh forgot to put that in, in the video it only went about 50 feet, that was because I had to stomp one footed. if you stomp with both feet it can easily go a hundred, but im gonna try and find exactly how high