Project Description

Rocket Science

Brace yourself – we have some exciting rocket science in-store for you!  Explore principles of rocket propulsion and the forces involved.
Sketch plans for your own water rocket and build a sextant. Everything builds to the finale launch, where a water rocket is launched up to 30 meters high.
Angle of elevation, flight path trajectory, streamlining and basic aerodynamics is discussed. Launch requires access to an outdoor space and appropriate weather.  In the event the rocket can not be launched a video of a launch is watched and discussed indoors.
  • Level: Suitable for Level 3 to Level 6.

  • Duration: Available in a 60 or 90 minute format. We recommend a 90 minute format if budget and timetabling constraints allow.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • Newton’s Laws of Motion. The three laws are explored in depth and related to rocket movement.

  • Learn about experimental design and the scientific method.

  • Measuring instruments involved in rocket launch trajectory and how to read them.

  • Learn about the important factors effecting rocket design and function.


  • Use tape measures to measure force, acceleration and mass (Newton’s Second Law)

  • Demonstration of various model rockets to explore Newton’s Third Law.

  • Design an experiment to test how much fuel will be the best for maximising rocket height.

  • Help launch a water rocket and investigate how much water is needed for optimal height.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Make your own sextant to measure trajectory and the rocket’s maximum height.

  • Discuss rocket design and sketch your ideas.

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)

  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (VCSIS054)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion (ST2-9PW-ST)

  • Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions (ST3-1WS-S)

  • Describes how digital systems represent and transmit data (ST2-11DI-T)

  • Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas (STe-1WS-S)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)

  • With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS054)

  • Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS055)

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (ACSIS041)




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Students were very engaged and it was good how the science was related to real life natural disasters.

February 2, 2016

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Children thoroughly enjoyed the day. Age and topic appropriate. Children were thoroughly engaged. Great session!

June 10, 2015

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We found the presentation fantastic. Very engaging and value for money. Sophie was awesome with the girls – very enthusiastic and Fun!

June 16, 2015