How Far Can Your Straw Rocket Travel?

July 23, 2018


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


What you need per student...


  • Measuring Tape 

  • Tape



What you need to do...

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

  • 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. 

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

  • Now time to brainstorm! 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: 

      • Cut a piece of paper in to a  2″ by 4″ piece.

      • Decorate the piece of paper.

      • Roll the paper strip loosely around the  straw.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Finally have them answer if their hypothesis was correct

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

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


Happy Making,


Maker Maven

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