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Haverhill students launch rockets to the skies

Place Farm Primary Academy pupils Kelsey Simpkin and Daisy Phillips showing off their stomp rockets before launch

Place Farm Primary Academy pupils Kelsey Simpkin and Daisy Phillips showing off their stomp rockets before launch

 

Homemade rockets took to the skies as Castle Manor Academy’s science team hosted two afternoons of rocket building with primary school youngsters recently.

Year four pupils from Place Farm, Burton End, Clements and St Felix primary schools took part in the event during National Science and Engineering Week.

Nearly 200 students designed, built and flew stomp rockets in and around the main hall at Castle Manor.

Made from pipe insulation and powered by a hefty stomp on a two litre drink bottle, the students were able to reach distances of almost 50 feet.

Team leader for science Gareth Marks said: “We have had some really exciting sessions with the pupils and seen some excellent thinking.

“We had fun and learnt a little about the scientific process too.

“We made our rockets out of scrap material and we think you can do the same too.

“Why not give it a go over Easter?”

Stomp rockets can be bought but all of the parts can usually be found around the home.

You will need:

– A two litre fizzy drink bottle

– A piece of foam pipe insulation about 20cm long

– An egg box

– A piece of plastic or rubber hose about 15mm in diameter and 60cm long

– Cardboard to use as fins and wings

– Sellotape

First make a hole in the lid of the drinks bottle and push the rubber tube through the hole.

There needs to be a tight fit between the lid and the hose – a glue gun could be helpful here.

Seal one end of the pipe insulation with tape.

Add some fins and wings to your rocket.

The more aerodynamic your rocket the further it will fly.

To make the rocket fly screw the lid onto the bottle, push the rubber hose into the hole in the insulation.

Angle the rocket and then stomp onto the middle of the bottle.

The rocket should fly off.

Change your design to see if you can make the rocket fly further.

Add some wings to see if your rocket can glide.

Try and keep your rocket inside your garden.

Tweet your efforts to #Stomprockets @Castlemanor

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (April 10) Echo.

 

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