Bottle Rocket Build-a-Thon


Plans for Building a Bottle Rocket Launching Platform, and program details.
Source Library

Program promotional materials

Length of program session

60-120 minutes

Number of sessions



Andrew Moore

Primary Audience

Intermediate (Gr. 4-7 or aged 9-12)

Secondary Audience

Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)

Community partners

Jasper Centre- Maple Creek

Budget for this program


Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.)

- All Materials listed in Rocket Launcher plans (see attached PDF)

- Sufficient outdoor space to conduct the launch safely

- Additional Materials for Rocket Fins/Nose Cones. I used a combination of foam board, poster board and construction paper here, though other materials could also be used.

- Glue Gun, Cutting Tools (Scissors, Exacto Knives), Scotch Tape

-Markers & Pencils/Pencil Crayons

- Rulers (optional, but recommended)


Copies of program publicity (newspaper articles, letters of appreciation, participant feedback, etc.)

Highlights - what worked well?

The Rockets themselves tend to launch very well! Kids get a real kick out of seeing something that they made launch into the air at a high rate of speed, and they seem to enjoy the building process.

What were the goals/objectives of your program?

Teaching kids basic STEAM skills through hands-on maker programming.

What would you change about this program?

A greater variety of materials for kids to make their Fins/Nose Cones out of would be a good place to expand; I think more decoration time/material for the rockets themselves would also be useful, to allow the kids more opportunity to personalise their own rocket.