Sometimes it is rocket science.
First order of business: set up launch pad. Check. Choose fuel type. Check. (Diet Cola first.) Prepare rocket. Check.
Next, utilize math skills to figure out how many ignitors (a.k.a. Mentos) we can use for each launch if we have 4 bottles of fuel (a.k.a. pop) and 3 packets of ignitors. It was serious work as seen by Tess’s face.
All systems go . . . intializing launch sequence. . . begin countdown . . . all engines go . . . 3. . . 2. . . 1 . . .
LIFT OFF! We have lift off!
One success should be followed by another. Launch number 2 was prepared,fuel (Dr. Cheap-o) ignitors put into position . . .
Philip was the flight director this time. Congrats of the launch, pal. Have a cigar.
Tess was on mop-up, checking for debris at the launch sight.
When it came time for her turn at flight director, Mission Control went over her fuel (Root Beer) and proper timing.
“Uh huh. ‘Cuz I can do it all by myself. I like pink.”
(Or something similar.)
Ooooh! This was my favorite launch of the day!
Preparing for our final launch. Would the increase in citric acid in the fuel make for a longer trajectory?
Max took the helm . . .
It was hard to tell the difference in fuel height, but the rocket certainly gained some air on this launch.
We took our fuel tanks to the lab to compare their volume.
After the labels were removed from the tanks, we tried to keep straight which was which. It was tricky.
In the end, it was determined that the Dr. Cheap-o had lost the most volume at ignition and while the Lemon Lime had height, it retained the most fuel.
Whatever our findings, the kids agreed that success is sweet.
what a great science project and totally fun at the same time!