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Don’t have the time or enough PVC pipe to build a heavy-duty launcher for your paper rocket? Don’t worry, you can launch a rocket with just a short piece of pipe, a recycled pile of “trash,” and a little bit of tape. It works a lot like the kind of Stomp Rocket you may have seen at the toy store, but you can make this one yourself!

The instructions below are just for the launcher. If you want to know more about making a rocket, we’ve used this template for the Compressed Air Rockets, adapted from a design by Rick Schertle. You’ll need paper and masking tape to build those, but you can put just about anything on this launcher. See step 10 of the Compressed Air Rocket project to learn more about making a paper rocket that fits on this design.


Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle, or Binka, is the Director of Custom Programs for Maker Media, overseeing publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.

  • Niamh

    Rockets aren’t easy, but this launcher seems really straightforward!

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