The Adler Planetarium has published a do-it-yourself guide for creating stomp rockets at home.
A stomp rocket is a projectile launched from a two-liter bottle and fueled by foot power. Loosely described, the rocket soars out of a plastic pipe attached to the mouth of a plastic bottle that is laid on its side and stomped upon.
Touting the activity as an at-home art project, Manager of Program Development Sarah Smail offers step-by-step instructions for creating the mechanism. Necessary materials include PVC tubes and elbows, which are sold in hardware stores, and common household items like safety scissors, glue sticks, and duct tape.
“There’s a kit you can buy that sends you everything already pre-made, and that’s good and quick,” she writes. “But where’s the fun in that? Build your own stellar do-it-yourself stomp rocket and launcher and blastoff into the cosmos with your family.”
Smail is an experienced mentor of young rocketeers who includes the project in Adler’s camp activity list every year. To start building your stomp-rocket, click here.