16_Balloon Rocket

1 May

Speaking of clean energy, all you need to make this rocket fly is the power of your lungs.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

This one´s quick and easy. It´ll take you about 15 minutes to make.

You´ll need:

_To download and print this file: rocket

_A thin straw (about 5mm in diameter)


_Glue stick

_Sticky tape.

How to make your balloon rocket:

1. Print the file above and cut one of the nets. (There are more than you need in case you make a mistake or want to make more than one rocket).

2. Roll the bottom part and using the glue stick,  stick one end of the paper over the tab on the other end. The dotted line indicates where to stick.

3. Slightly fold the tabs of the top bit (the tip of the rocket) so that it´s easier to stick them.

4. Roll the tip and using the glue stick, stick the end over the tab. The dotted line indicates where to stick.

5. Stick the small triangular tabs to the body of the rocket. If it gets hard to do this with the glue stick, use some sticky tape.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

6. Cut the top bit of the balloon.

7. Cut a piece of straw about 8 cm. long.

8. Put the straw into the balloon leaving about 6 cm coming out of it.

9. Use some sticky tape to stick the balloon to the straw. Make sure not to leave any open spaces.

10. Now blow into the straw to inflate the balloon. Hold the bottom of the straw so that the air doesn´t come out.

11. Put the rocket onto the tip of the straw and let go!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

There it is… a fully functional and carbon neutral rocket.

You can try decorating the rockets, racing with your friends to see whose gets the farthest and even try letting go of the balloon without the rocket on. Guaranteed fun!

Have fun!!!


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