# How Far Can Your Straw Rocket Travel?

July 23, 2018

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Straw rockets are fun on their own, but when you add a STEAMÂ challenge you make them even better!Â The challenge is toÂ see how far you can make a paper rocket fly with one puff of air.Â

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What you need per student...

• Measuring TapeÂ

• Tape

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What you need to do...

• Start by taping the measuring tape to the floor and make sure students have all the materials needed.Â

• Explain to students that for this challenge they must build a straw rocket using the materials provided and it must travel as far as possible.Â

• Have students make and write down a hypothesis about how far they think theirÂ straw rocket will travel.Â

• Now time to brainstorm!Â Tell students that there is no wrong or right way to build their rocket.

• Here is a super easy way to make a straw rocket for reference:Â

• Cut a piece of paper in to aÂ Â 2â€³ by 4â€³ piece.

• DecorateÂ the piece of paper.

• Roll the paper strip loosely around the Â straw.

• Tape the roll along the edge to keep it rolled.Â

• Fold the top of the paper tube down and tape it.

• Ask students howÂ they will you build a straw rocket that can travel far.Â Once they have their idea have them draw it on their worksheet.Â

• At this point have students start to build their straw rocket. Go around the room and assist students as needed.Â

• To experiment have students stand on one end of the measuring tape and use on puff of air to launch their straw rocket!Â

• Help them measure how far their straw rocket went. Have them record their data.Â

• Once all students have tested out their straw rockets have a class discussion about studentsÂ hypotheses. Answer any questions students may have and have them write their analysisÂ from the challenge.

• Finally have them answer if theirÂ hypothesis was correct

• Who had the winningÂ straw rocket? Make sure the class gives them a congratulations!Â

We would love to see you try this STEM Challenge. Share your results with us through social media!

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Happy Making,

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Maker Maven