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Today we will be learning how to build a paper rocket! This is an easy, cheap, and fun project that can be completed within an hour.

 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Here are some of the supplies you need:

Index cards

White Elmers Glue

Painters Tape

Pen

Braces rubber band

Step 2: Making the Body

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Empty out the pens contents so you only have an empty pen tube. Next wrap one of the index cards around the pen tube tightly but still leave some room for the braces rubber band.

Step 3: Adjustments to body

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Now we will be trimming the body of the rocket. You are going to want to cut the index card tube to the length of the picture. You should try to make sure that the edges are straight. You are also going to want to tape one side and make sure no air can escape. And that is all for this part!

Step 4: Fins

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Now we will work on the fins. Cut out four of the shapes in the picture out of the index card. Next you will want to tape the fins to the tube and make sure they are sturdy. You have now done the fins!

Step 5: Preparing to Launch

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Now you will want to use scissors and push some of the plastic outwards on the pen tube to stop the pen from going farther. Next you will have to attach the pen tube to the bike pump and lock it. Next take a box and take the flaps so they cross over each other. Next, you will place the black part of the pump into the small opening of the box as seen above. Now place and hold the rubber band on the straw and then put the rocket on the tube and push down so that the rubber band seals the rocket. Now you are ready to launch.

Step 6: Launching the Rocket

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Now take the bike pump and slow pump. After abut 5 pumps raise the pump to its max and then push down extremely fast. Now watch it launch and feel awesome knowing you just made a rocket!

JM1999 made it!2 months ago

I made it but unfourtunatly I didn't have a bike pump to connect it to so I modified it to be a paper dart!

You got my vote that's for sure.

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RobotRocketman (author)  JM19992 months ago

Nice! I like how you adapt to your supplies. I believe you can also get a small bike pump at places like big 5 if you don't want to spend a lot of money. Thanks for the Vote!

Well, we don't have big 5 over here but as of last week I have access to all the big 5's in America...

I rolled an extra bit of paper around the nose cone and cut it like the handle of a dart and then threw it and it flew so well!

I found that if you covered the nose cone with sticky tape it did not dent as easily.

The last mod I did was before putting the nose cone on I rolled a piece of paper about an inch wide by 5 inches long and put that in the nose of the dart to give it a bit extra weight, it flew much straighter and further!

RobotRocketman (author)  JM19992 months ago

Nice!

RobotRocketman (author) 3 months ago

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