What's more fun than a slingshot? How about making your own slingshot! In this STEAM project we will construct, test and fly our own rocket using only a few simple office supplies.
010: Fly Straw Fly!
For today's project, have your child build, test and fly a slingshot straw rocket!
What you need:
The Rocket -Put the eraser onto one end of the straw and apply tape to hold it in place (if needed)
-Tape the metal fastener onto the straw just behind the eraser and bend the head back slightly
-Cut 2-4 triangular fins from the card stock
-Attach the fins to the back end of the straw with the masking tape
The Sling Shot
-Attach the rubber band to the end of a craft stick using two pieces of masking tape wrapped over one end
-Hold the sling shot sturdy and upright in one hand
-Hook the metal fastener of the rocket with the rubber band from the sling shot
-Pull back the rocket
-Let the rocket flick forward
-Try modifying the weight at the tip of the rocket, the shape & size of the fins and the angle at which you release to create the farthest-flinging rocket!
What they learn:
When the project is complete:
-Take a photo of the structure and share it with us! Tag us on social media and use hashtag #theRchild, we can't wait to see the results.
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