Modeling Engineering Practices
  • Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
  • Skill: Modeling Engineering Practices

Soda Straw Rockets

Build an air powered rocket and test how different factors affect the flight of your soda straw rocket.

In this activity, you will build an air powered rocket.



  • Students will understand basic rocket processes as applied to space flight
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct an experiment and analyze and interpret the results.


  • For building:
    • Straw Rocket Template and Data Logs(from NASA)
    • Plastic drinking straws for each participant
    • Scrap paper
    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Data log
  • For testing:
    • Tape measure