Build a Straw Rocket
Hosted by: UT Austin The Longhorn Rocketry Association
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades
The Challenge: Following the instructions, build and test an initial straw rocket. Then, modify your design to allow the rocket to fly over even greater distances. Get creative with designs and decorations and have fun! Instructions for this activity and templates to be printed can be found at the following link: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-a-straw-rocket/
See a video from NASA JPL Education below for more instructions.
Share a video of your design and your rocket flying on Flipgrid.
Recommended Materials: Pencil, Scissors, Tape, Soda straw (plastic or reusable), Measuring Tape, Rocket Template, and any materials around the house that you could use to improve or decorate the straw rocket!
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space? Aerospace Engineers must use aerodynamic principles, creativity, and intuition to design and improve rockets to get missions to many places throughout the solar system! These are the same principles that are used in designing and improving the straw rocket in this activity.
(Credit for the basis of this challenge goes to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Education Office)
From NASA JPL Education: In this episode of Learning Space, you'll learn how to create a paper rocket that can be launched from a soda straw – then, modify the design to make the rocket fly farther!
About The Longhorn Rocketry Association
The Longhorn Rocketry Association is a student-run organization at the University of Texas which designs, builds, and tests high-power rockets. Through this, we aim to provide hands-on experience with industry-standard design processes, fabrication techniques, and testing and launch procedures.
What we do:
LRA currently competes in the Spaceport America Cup, with most team activities oriented towards this goal.
Want to learn more? Check out our website at http://www.longhornrocketry.org/