Paper Rockets

Participants will use the engineering design process to create paper rockets. Then, they will use compressed air launchers to send the rocket through one of two large rings, suspended from the ceiling.
Encourage guest to build paper rockets that will eventually fly through the rings that are suspended from the ceiling. Fin/nosecone design can greatly influence the flight of a rocket; encourage guests to try different designs.


activity video:

Paper Rocket How To

Paper Rocket Facilitation


Engineering and Invention

age range



  • Compressed air rocket launcher(s), with PVC tube that is removable

  • Bike pump(s)

  • Access to electricity

  • Masking tape

  • Masking tape holder(s)

  • Paper (cut into 4.25” x 11” strips as well as 4.25” x 5.5” pieces)

  • Scissors

  • Pencils or pens

  • Stencils for fin and nose cone design

  • Extra PVC pieces (to help with body tube design)

  • Orange cones to block off launch area

safety issues

children will require help using hand tools


outdoor activity, open spaces, arts and crafts, design, engineering, aerodynamics, making, inventing