Slingshot Straw Rockets - Engineering Projects for Kids

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Simple and inexpensive to build. The slingshot rocket may take a little practice to use, but the payoff is well worth it as you launch it over 50'!

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escovill

8 months ago on Introduction

Are there not PDF instructions?? I thought that was the whole premise of paying for the membership....

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LanceMakesescovill

Reply 8 months ago

Hi - you may want to contact the Instructables team about how to download PDFs of Instructables. I don't have an answer for that.

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DebbiT4

1 year ago

what if i can't view video?

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24klvarela

1 year ago

Mine went over 120 ft

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rokewhit

2 years ago

made this with 6 and 4 year old grandchildren. 6 yr old successful in launching it himself. Very cool. Thanks a bunch.

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random_builderLanceMakes

Reply 2 years ago

I guess this doesn't need instructions if it has ones on a video. I got your book and tried to make this. It failed miserably, so I will have to try again with video instructions. I will post how it comes out.

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LanceMakesrandom_builder

Reply 2 years ago

Feel free to post pictures and/or share what went wrong. Happy to help if I can.

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DonnaBorgerding

2 years ago

There was a video for this project, but now it has disapeared. Can you tell me how to view it?

Thanks!

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LanceMakesDonnaBorgerding

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks for alerting me. I'm also having this issue. I've created a bug report in the forums, and will hopefully have this resolved soon.

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PK019

3 years ago

I purchased a membership on the premise that the download button would give you access to the the full instructions of this activity. What is seen on the page is what you get in the download along with the choice of whether you want comments and/or common activities (why I would want to waste data on downloading comments?). While it is buyer beware, the membership of this site does not offer the bang for the buck you spend. Lesson learned.

This is a great video and project, written steps would be beneficial.

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obasan

3 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! Just made a sample, and will be using this in my class tomorrow.

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HollyW2

4 years ago on Introduction

This is a wonderful site!!! Can't wait to try these projects with my students..

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bdoorah

4 years ago on Introduction

i love your projects. i tried 3 of them with my students. I am confused which project to start with. Can you please tell me the Sequence of them according to your objectives?

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LanceMakesbdoorah

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Greetings,

I recommend running these projects in this order:

Geometric shapes, pyramid catapult, slingshot rocket, slingshot car, rubber band helicopter, cork shooter, crash test car, tornado tower, hydraulic machine.

Good luck!