Stomp Rocket Launcher

The Stomp Rocket Launcher is a great apparatus that is made from very common objects.  It is enjoyed by all ages of youth and adults.

Setup and Supplies

The Stomp Rocket Launcher is a welcome addition to any makerspace. The build is beginner and uses common supplies.

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Build Time:

Approximately 20 minutes.

Skills Needed:

  • If you use a saw, the ability to use a saw.  If you use one of the safer PVC pipe cutting tools, it’s not as dangerous.

Tools:

  • PVC Cutter or saw
  • Scissors for cutting duct tape

Supplies:

Try checking with your local bike shops, Walmarts, REI, and anywhere else that does bicycle tube repair. Ask them if they can give you some of the tubes they couldn’t repair or are throwing out. Since you only need a small section of tube that doesn’t have a hole, you can reuse their scraps and save yourself some money!

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How to Assemble a Stomp Rocket Launcher

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Step 1: Cut the PVC

Cut your PVC pipe into the following sections:

  • 1x 12″ piece
  • 2x 6″ pieces
  • 2x 5″ pieces
  • 2x 3″ pieces

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Step 2: Check the PVC

After cutting, it’s helpful to sort the PVC sections. Double check to make sure that you have each piece before moving to the next step.
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Step 3: Attach the End Caps

Attach the end caps to the two 6″ lengths of pipe.
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Step 4: Attach the Elbow Joints

Attach the two elbow joints to the other side of the 6″ lengths of pipe
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Step 5: Attach the 5″ Sections

Attach one of the 5″ sections of pipe to the other side of one of the elbow joints and then attach one of the T joints to the other side of the 5″ section.
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Step 6: Complete the Base

Complete the base by attaching the other 5″ piece of pipe between the T joint and the other elbow joint so you have a U shaped piece.
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Step 6: Complete the Base

Complete the base by attaching the other 5″ piece of pipe between the T joint and the other elbow joint so you have a U shaped piece.
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Step 7: Connect a 3″ Piece

Insert one of the 3″ pieces into the T joint.
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Step 8: Attach the T Joint and 12″ Segment

Attach the T joint and then insert the other 3″ piece into the 90 degree hole on the T joint. Next, insert the 12″ piece into the end of the T joint.
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Step 9: Collect Parts

Collect your bicycle tube, duct tape and 2 liter bottle.
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Step 10: Connect the Bicycle Tube

Connect one end of the bicycle tube to the 3″ piece of pipe coming out of the T joint
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Step 11: Secure the Tubing

Secure the tubing to the PVC with duct tape.
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Step 12: Connect the Bottle

Place the other end of the bicycle tube over the spout on the soda bottle.
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Step 13: Secure the Bottle

Again, secure the tubing with duct tape.
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Your launcher is now ready!