AstroCymru’s ‘Rocket Workshop’


3, 2, 1… Blast off!

Find out about the forces affecting rockets, types and history of rockets and shapes involved to make them aerodynamic. Students then use the knowledge gained to create and design their very own rocket and compete to achieve the highest distance.

Learning Objectives

After taking part in the workshop pupils should:

  • Understand the principles of making a rocket aerodynamic
  • Be able to identify forces involved when a rocket is launched
  • Carry out a basic science investigation (How the size of the rocket’s fins, rocket shape, length and weight affects how far it travels when launched)
  • Be able to calculate an estimate for the distance their rockets travelled using the time recorded on a stop watch (recommended for years 5 and 6)

Key stage 2 Curriculum Links

  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Forces


Rocket Worksop

Our Space Expert, Emma, getting ready to launch a rocket a young girl has made


  • The Rocket workshop requires a full school morning or afternoon (approximately 2 hours), the majority of which takes place in the classroom, however, the rockets will then be tested outside towards the end of the session.

Suggested audiences

  • Suitable for year groups 1 to 6 (Key Stages 1 and 2, Ages 5 – 11)
  • Recommended 30 children (maximum 36)

We will need the venue to provide

  • Access to classroom projector, computer and screen.
  • Access to school playing field or yard.
  • Additional scissors, sticky tape and pens to ensure there are enough for everyone taking part.
Note: All Materials, rocket launcher and safety equipment are provided.
What people say about us

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    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls