Summer is here and we want to get out to enjoy it. Estes recently sent me a few of their air powered rockets to try out. There is no better way to teach STEM concepts during the summer than with rockets.
The homeschool mom in me loves anything educational that can be fun. Rockets are a favorite thing in our house for that reason. Rockets are a fun way to teach physics, the process of propulsion, and laws of motion. Over the years, we’ve made soda straw rockets, water bottle rockets, and built kit rockets with fuse ignitions.
I know it’s summer, so I’ll stop talking about school and get to the fun stuff!
Estes sent us 3 air powered rockets; Mini Blaster, Sonic Boom, and Whirlwind. All three were easy to assemble. Let me tell you a little about each one.
Mini Blaster Air Powered Rocket
This small foam air rocket set includes 2 rockets, launch base, and an air cube. It says it is good for children 5 and up (I agree). The base is made out of compressed foam and younger children may need a little help getting the pieces to lock into place.
Once it is together, the system is easy to use as you insert the rocket onto an air tube, stand back, and press the air cube. The rocket flies up about 50 feet.
Sonic Boom and Whirlwind Air Powered Rocket Sets
These two rocket sets had identical launching systems and near identical assembly instructions. The only difference is that the Whirlwind has an extra piece to accommodate the wings on the rocket. Both rockets were already assembled in the box. So all you had to do was attach the color coded air rods from the launching pad to the air pump. Assembly takes less than 5 minutes.
With these rockets, be sure you are in a wide open space, because they fly about 150 feet high. My kids loved these the best because of the height and audible “pop” when they were launched.
We did have a small issue with one of the rockets losing an o-ring. The instructions mention the o-rings and show that some of the air tubes and air pump have them to ensure an air-tight seal. We lost one somewhere in the backyard and had to go out and buy another one. Other than that, they worked great!
Find out more about Estes and their rockets at www.estesrockets.com
Have you ever played with rockets? Do you have a favorite?