Rocket Making


A popular science and technology based activity. The group will design and build their own water and air powered rocket. Consideration and explanation of the scientific principles involved at the start of the session, which end in an explosive competition.

Maximum group size: 15

Core Values


Being positive, Focusing on the outcome.

Team Work

Communicating in your team, Listening and accepting other ideas, Delivering a plan.


Identifying your role and carrying it out to the best of your ability.

National Curriculum Links:


Working scientifically – plan different types of enquiry to answer questions.
Taking measurements, using a range of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary. Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate. Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions. Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments. Forces – explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.
Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces. Recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect 

Design Technology

Design purposeful, functional product. Select from and use a range of materials and tools. Evaluate and Improve work – Evaluate against a design criteria.

We help children to:

  • Learn from mistakes, bounce back and try again
  • Try new things with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Believe that the harder they work, the better they will get at the things that they do
  • Never give up!
  • Love learning!
  • Concentrate
  • Keep on trying when challenges occur
  • Think their way through problems
  • Ask questions and think about our world
  • Make links and notice patterns in their experiences


Karabiner, harness, helmet, c-shape, safety, lowering off, belaying, grigri, figure of 8, knots, friction, velocity, location, compass direction.

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You can complete 3 achievements with this activity.

Make and launch an air powered rocket

Make a large scale model