3..2..1.. Blast Off to Fun With This DIY Stomp Rocket Activity!

Space exploration requires more than brave astronauts. They won't get far without engineers to build their space crafts! Do you think you can build a rocket that could launch astronauts into orbit? Build your engineering skills with this DIY stomp rocket project!

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You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Cone and Fin Templates
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 3 ½” x 12” pieces of PVC pipe
  • 1 ½” x 2” piece of PVC pipe
  • 1 ½” x 15” piece of PVC pipe
  • 1 ½” PVC Cross Fitting Connector
  • 1 ½” 45° PVC Elbow
  • 1 ½” 90° PVC Elbow
  • 2 ½” PVC End Caps
  • 2 Liter Bottles
  • Printable Template

Making Your Rocket:

  1. Tightly wrap your sheet of paper length-wise (so you have a longer rocket rather than a shorter one) around one of the pieces of PVC pipe. The paper should fit snugly around the tube, but not be wrapped so tight that the tube can’t be slid off. Tape the paper tube shut. The entire seam should be covered so that it is airtight. This will be your rocket’s fuselage.
  2. Cut out the cone template. Bring the straight edges together to create the cone and tape shut. Make sure that entire seam is covered so that it is airtight. If air escapes from the seam in the cone, the rocket won’t launch or won’t go far.
  3. Tape the cone over one end of the fuselage. Be sure the cone is taped on securely and is airtight. If the cone isn’t on tightly enough or air can escape from this part of the rocket, the cone may fly off the rocket when you try to launch it.
  4. Now choose how many fins you want and what shape they should be. You can use the templates provided, or make your own.
  5. Cut out the fins you want. Fold on the dotted line, the tape the small flaps to end of the fuselage opposite the cone. The fins work best when they are evenly spaced and all facing the same way.

Making Your Launcher:

  1. Fit 2 of the ½” x 12” pieces of PVC pipe in the cross fitting connector across from each other.
  2. Place the end caps on these two pieces of PVC pipe to prevent air from escaping through the sides.
  3. Fit the ½” x 2” piece of PVC pipe in the cross fitting connector between the two longer pieces.
  4. Attach either the 45° or 90° PVC elbow on the other end of the 2” pipe. The angle of the elbow will determine the launch angle. If you want to launch the rocket straight up, use the 90° elbow. If you want to launch the rocket outwards, use the 45° angle.
  5. Fit the remaining ½” x 12” piece of PVC pipe in the other end of the elbow. This will be where you place the rocket.
  6. Fit the ½” x 15” piece of PVC pipe in the remaining opening of the cross fitting connector.
  7. Tape the 2 liter bottle onto the end of the 15”-long piece of PVC pipe.

Launching Your Rocket:

  1. Slide your rocket all the way onto the 12”-long piece of PVC pipe connected to the 45° or 90° elbow.
  2. Stand next to, not behind, the bottle on your launcher.
  3. Stomp down or jump on the bottle to launch the rocket.
  4. To re-inflate the bottle, remove the 15”-long piece of PVC pipe from the cross fitting connector. Blow into the end of the PVC pipe. The bottle will inflate. If the bottle is damaged, it can be removed and a new bottle can be taped on.

Can you make your rocket go higher or farther? What happens if you change the shape and/or number of fins? Make changes to your rocket and launch it again to find out!

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Aviation Weekend

Celebrate Aviation History Month at Orlando Science Center with a two-day event that’s just plane awesome. Bring the whole flight crew and participate in exciting STEM challenges, workshops and more fly activities!

Launch stomp rockets | Watch Peeps in Space & Infinity and Kaboom Science Live! Shows

Participate in Egg Drop Challenges | Join Kite Making workshops | And more!

Soar on over and discover the sky’s the limit for aviation.


Aviation Weekend activities are included in the cost of admission to Orlando Science Center which is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth
(ages 3 – 11).

Orlando Science Center Honors Veterans This November

In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, at the Red Tails Monument in Loch Haven Park, in partnership with Vision of Flight and made possible by Lockheed Martin. The ceremony is free to attend, and will be a brief and simple ceremony honoring veterans, including a bugler honoring fallen heroes with “Taps.”


From November 1 through the 17, veterans and active military with military ID will receive free admission and their attending family members will receive 50% off admission, which is also made possible by Lockheed Martin.


The Red Tails Monument serves as a symbol of courage and triumph over adversity that inspires future generations in their pursuit of academic success and careers in STEM fields, such as aviation. During World War II, the Red Tail Pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the Army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.


Remember to visit Orlando Science Center during the month of November for special Aviation Month activities! Then join us on November 16 & 17 for Aviation Weekend, with special flight themed demonstrations and activities. From animal encounters focused on flight to Paper Glider challenges – you’ll soar through science all month long! 


As our military serves our country proudly, their families serve, too. Lockheed Martin works with nonprofit partners like Orlando Science Center and Vision of Flight to support the active duty force and their families. In addition, more than 25,000 veterans work at Lockheed Martin. To learn more about Lockheed Martin’s commitment to veterans, click here.


There is no cost to attend the Red Tails Monument ceremony. For guests who are not veterans or military personnel who want to explore Orlando Science Center after the ceremony, general admission is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors/students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11).