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How Far Can Your Straw Rocket Travel?


Straw rockets are fun on their own, but when you add a STEM challenge you make them even better! The challenge is to see how far you can make a paper rocket fly with one puff of air.

What you need per student...


  • Measuring Tape 
  • Tape

What you need to do...

  • Start by taping the measuring tape to the floor and make sure students have all the materials needed. 
  • Explain to students that for this challenge they must build a straw rocket using the materials provided and it must travel as far as possible. 
  • Have students make and write down a hypothesis about how far they think their straw rocket will travel. 
  • Now time to brainstorm! Tell students that there is no wrong or right way to build their rocket. 
  • Here is a super easy way to make a straw rocket for reference: 
  • Cut a piece of paper into a  2″ by 4″ piece. 
  • Decorate the piece of paper. 
  • Roll the paper strip loosely around the  straw. 
  • Tape the roll along the edge to keep it rolled. 
  • Fold the top of the paper tube down and tape it.     
  • Ask students how they will build a straw rocket that can travel far. Once they have their idea, have them draw it on their worksheet. 
  • At this point have students start to build their straw rocket. Go around the room and assist students as needed. 
  • To experiment, have students stand on one end of the measuring tape and use a puff of air to launch their straw rocket! 
  • Help them measure how far their straw rocket went. Have them record their data. 
  • Once all students have tested out their straw rockets have a class discussion about students' hypotheses. Answer any questions students may have and have them write their analysis from the challenge. 
  • Finally have them answer if their hypothesis was correct 
  • Who had the winning straw rocket? Make sure the class gives them a congratulations!

We would love to see you try this STEM Challenge. Share your results with us through social media!

Happy Making,

Maker Maven

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