Physics - Forces - Rocket science and Propulsion

In this MEL Academy lesson your children will:

  • learn about propulsion
  • make a swimming boat and a Hero’s Engine
  • launch a straw rocket

Lesson time

11:00am   PST (San Francisco, Seattle, ...)
12:00pm   MST (Phoenix, Denver, ...)
1:00pm   CST (Chicago, Houston, ...)
2:00pm   EST (New York, Toronto, ...)
7:00pm   GMT (London, ...)

Lesson duration: 45-55 minutes.

Prepare in advance

In this lesson, we will conduct several DIY experiments. Prepare in advance household materials shown below.

DIY Materials

  scotch tape
  2 x 50-330 mL bottles (pre-pierced in the base or the lid)
  plasticine or a glue gun
  a big basin with water
  baking soda
  citric acid or vinegar
  4x drinking straws
  A4 sheet of paper


Please, download and print this worksheet in advance. You’ll need to refer to it during the lesson.


This lesson is presented by Daniel Sullivan:

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan is a hugely enthusiastic and experienced ex-head of science with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is now running a science teacher training company and is looking forward to engaging with students once again.