Jul 11, 2012

How To: Make Tiny Rockets from Matches

Steve Hoefer from Grathio Labs has shared a fun, easy tutorial for making launchable mini-rockets from three materials you probably already have lying around: a matchbook, a paperclip, and aluminum foil.  Since matches are basically "solid fuel on a stick," and a rocket is a stick that needs some fuel...it's kind of a DIY no-brainer.

Steve says,

This is one of my favorite projects. It’s fun, cheap, hands on, and educational. My brothers taught me how to make them when I was about nine years old, but I suspect it originally dates to a time when young boys carried everything they needed in their pockets: Matches, a bit of wire, and a foil gum wrapper. Over time bits of wire gave way to paper clips and pins, and gum apparently doesn’t come in foil wrappers any more, so we’ll make do with regular aluminum foil. Here’s the full how-to with a about two dozen rocket launches included because I was having too much fun.

Be careful, and have fun. Project: Match Rockets [via Make]



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Anton on Jul 13, 2012:

We did it slightly differently when we were kids. We put 3 WOODEN matches together teepee-style, sulfur part up, wrapped the top in foil, and then lit them from underneath. Try that sometime.