Film Canister Rocket

Week 4 of Summer STEM from Your Library
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Learn about Newton’s 3rd Law with these film canister rockets! Do this activity with an accompanying adult.

You will need antacid tablets and a film canister.

  1. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly:

    2. Add a tsp of water. Put the lid on tightly and put the canister cap side down on the ground.


    4. About ten seconds later, the film canister will launch! If it does not launch, wait 30+ seconds before examining. Usually the cap is not on tight enough.

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