PacSci Perspectives

Bring Tinker Tank Into Your Home With Rocket Launchers

by | Jul 11, 2016

At Pacific Science Center, we strongly believe in experimentation to help spark innovation. In our hands-on design space, Tinker Tank, we use a variety of materials to invent, create and experiment. This summer we are tinkering with wind, gravity, and motion in our Tinker Tank using wind tubes, Rube Goldberg machines, and air rockets! Our paper rockets have been a really fantastic activity because they encourage iteration and learning through failure.

Follow along with these instructions to create your own stomp rocket launcher at home. For photos, and additional information visit:

You need (rockets):

  • 1-2 sheets of colorful paper
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • 1/2 inch PVC pipe (for measuring rocket size)

Basic stomp Launcher:

  • Basic airbed foot pump
  • 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • Elbow for PVC pipe
  • Piece of wood or other heavier object to support launching mechanism
  • a couple of half inch tube straps
  • nail or screws and a drill to attach PVC pipe to support system
  • gaffers tape or duct tape to attach bellows to pvc