Creating a Matchbox Rocket
During childhood one of the coolest things you could do, and your parents would allow, were controlled projectiles like water guns, water balloons, and paper airplanes. An even better concept were rockets, but in order to achieve this kind of entertainment you’d need to either pay 20 dollars for a kit or live in a state where fireworks are legal. Here you will learn how to be amused by rockets you create with some household items. This article is based on experience and Grant Thompson’s video on how to make matchbox rockets (video below)


⦁ Aluminum Foil
⦁ Matches (Diamond Strike On- Recommended)
⦁ Wooden Skewer (Bamboo-Prefered)
⦁ Aluminum Tape
⦁ Scissors
⦁ Pliers
⦁ Windproof Lighter (If launch pad is outside)

Step 1) From the tip down cut 10.75cm (4.232in) of the skewer

Step 2) Cut several aluminum sheets with a length of 10.2 cm (4 in) and a width of 5.1 cm (2  in)

3) Cut the match heads off of as many matches as you’d like

4) Cut a square piece of aluminum tape with a side length of 2.54 cm (1 in). Then fold the piece to make a triangle and hold both corners connected to the base and push them towards each other to make an X with the folds. (See image below). Then cut the tip of the folded wings

Step 1) Take one aluminum plate and curl one of the short sides slightly and place the wooden skewer in the curve with the non-pointed end. Place a match head at the end of the skewer and make sure the wooden side is facing the skewer. Also make sure you have enough space above the match head

Step 2) Roll the aluminum against the skewer as neatly as possible. Make sure you don’t make it too tight or the rocket won’t launch off of the skewer. Then take the pliers and crimp the excess aluminum at the top of the rocket. Make sure it is as tight as possible so the propulsion doesn’t go out of the top

Step 3) Remove the covering for the aluminum tape wing fold and put the rocket fins through the hole, made earlier, then tape the rocket fins near the bottom of the tube. Place your rocket on the pointed tip of the skewer and you’re ready to launch

Step 1) Make a hole near the end of the empty matchbox cover and place the skewer through the hole with the rocket mounted
Step 2) Adjust the angle of which the rocket will launch
Step 3) Start burning rocket where the match head is and if possibly set your windproof lighter to high to avoid any infiltration during liftoff
Step 4) Let the rocket launch

Creating A Homemade Circuit
When I was about 7 or 8 years old I had a collection of circuit kits filled with propellers, light bulbs, and all sorts of circuitry stuff, but little did I know that I could have done the same stuff using at home items. Recently I attended WPI’s (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) “Touch Tomorrow” science festival where a couple of friends and I were able to make multiple circuits (mine shown below).

Supplies Shown Above:
Batteries (x2)-@ Bottom
Aluminum Foil- Shiny Stuff to the Right
Green Wire-Next to the Aluminum
Electric Tape-Every Black Object
Speaker-The Black Doughnut Shaped Object
Scissors- To Cut 😛
Piece of Thick Paper (Cut a Square From a Folder)

Supplies You’ll Need:
Batteries (x2)
Aluminum Foil
Electric Tape
Speaker, Motor, etc. (Your Choice (As Long as it has a one Black and one Red)-I’ll be using a motor from my hoverboard.
Piece of Thick Paper (Cut a Square From a Folder)

1) Tape two batteries together very tightly (the knob touching the flat end)
2) Tape the battery bar to the paper
3) Take a small strip of aluminum and crumple it up, length wise, so that you have an aluminum wire
4) Then connect one wire of the motor to the battery
5) Connect the aluminum wire to the battery and tape the other end of the wire to the paper, but do not cover the end.
6) Repeat step 5 for the other wire so that the bare area at the end of the wire is overlapping the aluminum.
You have now created a switch to turn the motor on and off by connecting the aluminum and wire with a push.
*Note if the motor isn’t working you may need to hold both ends of the battery bar so that the connection works

(Not a complete circuit (Not a switch circuit))   —–>
(See top image for a switch circuit)