Rock it at home with this rocket activity

DIY rocket shipElementary and Middle School

Ladies and gentlemen, students and teachers of all ages, step right up, step right up! Before your very eyes, you will see the wonders of two common household items - vinegar and baking soda.

Through simple observations, we know that vinegar is a clear, acetic acid and a bit sour… yet still tasty on salads! Baking soda is a bitter, white powder used to deodorize our refrigerators and carpets or make delicious cookies (hmmm, that kind of sounds weird when you say it out loud).

What could be more fun than showing your students the cool things that happen when you mix these simple ingredients together?

Ready, set, blast off!

That's why this rocket ship activity will excite your students while teaching basic scientific principles related to chemical reactions, gravity, rockets, thrust, pressurization, and carbon dioxide.

Everybody enjoys watching objects lift off into the air. What's even better, your students can do this activity from home, so it's a great one to add to your distance learning toolkit.

Hint: Encourage your students to use their lab notebooks with this activity; teaching your students how to keep consistent and accurate lab notes is a great way to help them organize and keep track of their learning experience. 

 

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