It’s Fun Friday! Enjoy this YouTube video of people who turned a porta potty into a rocket, complete with a parachute decent system. Very impressive…I’ve never seen a project as weird and wacky as this, which also had to take a lot of work. The video is just 1 minute long.
For a more accessible and safe rocket project, you can do it yourself with Estes rocket kits found in hobby stores. But the best program in the U.S. (that I know of) is Team America Rocketry Challenge:
This is a wonderful program to get kids learning, building, and doing rocket science with hands-on activities that design and build their own rockets in a team setting. We need more rocket scientists! If you are above the age for this contest then you’re probably perfect to be a volunteer.
Building and launching your own rocket before you’ve left school is a fantastic way to apply Tips 3, 6, 7, and 9 from my book. Probably more than that…
Just be sure to stay clear of falling porta potties and make a large safety zone (larger than this team!). Or be careful about your wind thresholds because that was obviously a factor on this launch.
If you’ve got other funny or fascinating things that have been launched like a rocket, please share with me so we can recognize, celebrate, and enjoy other fun ways to apply rocket science.