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Water Rocket Kit-What Goes Up Must Come Down

Updated on August 31, 2016

I can remember the years I spent teaching my science students Newton's Laws of Motion. One of my favorite activities were the days we spent outside flying our water rockets and fueled rockets to make learning hands on for them. Taking learning outdoors always gets the kids excited and the thrill of flying rockets they made themselves is twice as exciting. The important thing to remember when kids are excited they are interested in what is happening and learning happens easily.

Of course there are always the student who didn't follow the directions and their rockets aren't as impressive in flight. Since water rockets are relatively safe themselves the only safety measure we needed to be aware of was to keep our eyes on where they landed. There was plenty of fun and laughter and most of the rockets flew high and followed the flight pattern I showed the kids from NASA. Since we live on the coast near NASA we even had a couple of aeronautical engineers from NASA come to observe.

Science is an important learning experience and we are lucky to have the Infinity Science Center for on hand for advice. We want our students to be competitive in the world of science so we try to give them as many real life science experiences as possible. NASA and the ship building industry are always looking to recruit our students into their programs and offer many opportunities as well as scholarships for those pursuing science as a career.

The water rocket kit comes complete with all the body parts and pump and the only thing needed to create the rocket is a 2 liter soda bottle. This is a great science activity for kids to do again and again, at home since it teachers concept that they can actively be a part of during learning. I highly recommend this to all parents for their children since not all school districts provide these kinds of opportunities in school.

Hands on Science

Hands on science is one of the best way to spark an interest in a child. When the child is allowed to experience science by doing it they will have first hand experience. Science projects are designed to get children involved in experimentation.

Rocket science is a fun way to demonstrate the principles of Newton's Laws. The excitement of launching a rocket into the air make the concepts real. If you have a child you know that they like to make their own experiences.

Science kits are readily available at hobby shops and online. Check them out and choose the one your child will like to do. Science is an important field of study and is the basis for many superior paying jobs. By striking and interest early in life your child will be well on their way to learning career skills.

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Some of my former student preparing rocket for their launch.
Some of my former student preparing rocket for their launch.
Some of my former student preparing rocket for their launch.

Science is Easier Than You Think

Most science projects are easier than most people think. Just follow a few simple instructions and you will be well on your way to great science demonstrations and experiments.

There are many books available to help you guide your child toward experimenting with science. I personally enjoyed some of the most simple projects when I was a child. This lead me to a career as a science teacher.

Many science experiments can be performed in you own home with simple products you already have. Have you ever made a volcano from baking soda and vinegar? Kids enjoy watching the chemical reaction that occurs when these two products are mixed together.

Simple Experiments to Do at Home

1. Bottle Tornado

Learn how you can make a tornado in a bottle with just a few simple items that you can find around the house.

2. Bath Salts

Enjoy a warm, relaxing bath with fragrances? This fun experiment will teach the science behind bath salts.

3. Static Electricity

Make your hair stand on end. Use a balloon to demonstrate static electricity and electrons with these cool experiments.

4.Straw in a Potato

Using the power of air pressure you can stab a drinking straw through a potato.

5. Does and Orange Float

Can oranges float or sink in water? You can help your child find out with this fun science experiment related to density.

6. Dissolving Sugar

Add sugar to water might not make a great drink but it makes an easy experiment and demonstrates how one substance can dissolve into water.

7. Heat and Cold of Light

The sun heats some colors quicker than others, you will be able to determine which colors absorb and which reflect more light.

Have you ever built a rocket?

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      Diane Cass 

      4 years ago from New York

      My son built a bottle rocket. It is super fun and amazes everyone who sees it.


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