From the Basic to the Rocket Scientist
Balloon Rocket on a String
Experiment with force and pressure by building a balloon rocket.
Lemon Juice Rockets
Launch a rocket by following instructions, and STAND BACK! (Uses lemon juice and baking soda.)
Rockets, using pencils for their bodies, are launched with a rubber band-powered launch platform. From NASA.
This activity will demonstrate some of the basic principles behind rocketry. You’ll build a simple “rocket” with ordinary household materials.
NASA Kids’ Club
All about rockets from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Lots of games and interactive sections of the site now.
Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company
These folks make major rockets and also hold a kids rocket camp. John Wickman also teaches a college course, outlined here, and the students get to launch their rockets from the company launch site in Casper Wyoming.
Beginner’s Guide to Model Rockets
Here you can study how model model rockets operate at your own pace and to your own level of interest.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Model Rocketry
Model rocketry can introduce you to the joys of this exciting topic from your own home. In this guide, we explain everything from getting your first rocket, to designing your own. We even have a cool simulator written in Java.
John Coker’s Rocketry Pages
There is a large amount of rocketry-related content here. Mostly John’s own exploits, but also research he’s done and many tips and discoveries he’s made while building and flying rockets.
Parts of a Model Rocket
Flying model rockets is a relatively safe and inexpensive way for students to learn the basics of forces and the response of a vehicle to external forces.
Rocket Science (for the rest of us)
Hobbiest site for Vidroc (Video rocket). The concept is actually quite simple — develop a “low cost” remote video system and stick it in the nose cone of a model rocket. This hobby group also has an emaillist: vidroc.
Equations for model rocketeers – how to accurately predict speed and altitude for your rocket from weight, diameter, motor thrust and impulse.
Scale Models: Spacecraft, Rockets, Missiles, and X-Planes
All you space modelers out there (and you know who you are), let’s get together and make this a useful, informative and (most of all) fun web site.
Field Trips & Events
So you might want to become an astronaut. Space camp will let you try the actual training apparatus that astronauts-in-training use.
Homer Hickam Online
Homer Hickam is the author of many books including October Sky, The Coalwood Way, and Sky of Stone, his series of memoirs about his boyhood adventures growing up in the mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia.