The race to the moon in the 20th century inspired an entire generation of scientists and engineers. In this century, Mars rovers have captivated us and captured our imagination. We use rely on satellites every day, for phone service, internet access, even the GPS in our cars. All of these pursuits need the skills of rocket scientists, whether you’re putting humans on the moon, robots on Mars, or satellites in orbit.
This kit is, in fact, rocket science. But that doesn’t mean it’s difficult or boring! Physics comes alive in this action-packed series of experiments that all use a special “stomp-on” rocket launcher with three foam rockets. Launch water- and air-powered rockets to learn about action and reaction forces. Build a balloon-propelled rocket, boat, and race car. Play a game to try to hit target “planets” with the foam rockets. Explore the physical principles of gravity and inertia. Learn about air pressure. Read up on the different vehicles humans have used to escape Earth’s gravitational pull.
For ages 8 and up. Full-color, 32-page experiment manual. 18 experiments.