Bottle rocket

Affiliation: Instituto Politécnico do Porto
Resolution: Group | Duration: One to two hours



The objective of this activity is to design, build and launch a rocket made out of a plastic bottle and powered with an air pump.

Learning Objectives

After the activity, students will be able to: - Understand motions and forces that is the result of applying a force to an object - Apply technological design in solving a problem - Be familiar with scientific inquiry


The launch of rockets and other projectiles depend on the propulsion forces that can be created by different means like gas or liquid compression, explosion, etc. By completing this activity, students will learn about propulsion forces, gravity and other related forces and their effects when applied to objects.