Rock(et) On - Youth Program Guide

Grades 4-9 | 5 (7 hour) Days

Topics Covered

STEAM, Aerospace, Leadership, Teambuilding

Rock(et) On - Youth Program Guide


This youth program and summer camp guide is a complete 5-day program. Rock(et) On includes all the activities you need to create a holistic aerospace experience. Activities highlight a variety of topics including STEM, art, physical activities, leadership, and teambuilding. Participants will have the opportunity to design, build, and launch rockets as well as be creative and create videos. You can also adapt this guide to your program’s needs if you only need a few activities.


Rocket Launch Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Pens or Pencils (1 per student)
  • Markers, Colored Pencils, and/or Crayons
  • Paper (8.5 x 11)
  • Computer (for teacher use only)
  • Large Poster Sized Paper (24 x 36)
  • Masking or Duct Tape (enough rolls for groups of 2-4 students)
  • 1 or 2 Liter Soda Bottles (one for every 2 students)
  • Cardstock, Cardboard or Manila Folders
  • Permanent Markers
  • Clay
  • Yard Stick
  • Pennies
  • Water Bottle Rocket Launcher, such as Aquapod Bottle Launcher or StratoLauncher + StratoFins Water Launcher Kit
  • Bicycle Pump with pressure gauge, needed for the bottle launcher; note: do not use mechanically compressed air with launchers built with PVC pipe!
  • Large binder clips (1 per launch pad)
  • Fishing line OR smooth string
  • Long balloons (Many party supply stores carry variety packs that may include long balloons. Ask if they will special order packs of long balloons for you. The balloons become cylinders 5 inches in diameter and 24 inches long when inflated. They are sometimes called 524 (5 by 24 inches) airships. Find manufacturers and distributors by searching “524 balloons” online.)
  • Bathroom size (3 oz.) paper cup
  • 2 straight drinking straws
  • 50 small paper clips
  • Sandwich-size plastic bag
  • Masking tape
  • Small Rubber Bands

Physical Education Equipment:

  • Cones
  • 30 Small playground balls (ball pit balls, bean bags, or other small balls that are not to hard)
  • 12 Pool noodles
  • 2 Large bins (trash cans, etc.)

** Below is a recommended list (use whatever you have, get creative)**

  • Hula hoops
  • Jump ropes
  • Bean bags
  • Small toss rings
  • Whiffle ball bats
  • Playground balls
  • Blind folds

Optional Supplies:

  • Projector (not required but have an alternative for delivering lessons. You can also print them)
  • Computers OR cell phones (enough to split students into small groups)
  • Free video editing software (iMovie, Windows movie maker, etc.)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Stickers
  • Skit props (or have students make their own!)
  • Paper cups
  • Straws
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Balloon hand pumps
  • Wooden spring-type clothespins

Estes Supporting Materials:

  • Safety Presentation
  • Rocketry 101 Lesson
  • Rocket Academy Lesson
  • How to Get an Accurate Flight Lesson
  • Aerospace Careers Lesson
  • Vision Statement Worksheet
  • Aerospace Charade Cards
  • Be a Positive Influence Worksheet
  • Water Bottle Rocket Initial Design Worksheet
  • Water Bottle Rocket Revised Design Worksheet
  • Water Bottle Rocket Launch Score Card
  • Heavy Lift Rocket Mission Report Worksheet
  • Mission to Mars: Rocket Launch Scorecard
  • NASA Patent Portfolio
  • Estes Camper Awards

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