The Rocket Car Workshop

Cross a tennis court in 3 seconds with one our spectacular water rocket on wheels!

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The Rocket Car Workshop

Fast and furious! Our Rocket Cars are guaranteed to amaze, delight and demostrate the principles of rocket propulsion – and get you wet.

Age Suitability

KS1 upwards


Up to 150 participants


Typically about 1 to 2 hours, depepnding on the number of participants

STEM Topics

Determined by key stage

Forces, Pressure, Momentum/inertia (older/more able students)

Information Pack

The workshop

Pupils work in teams of three to design and build a rocket car.

These rocket cars are basically water rockets on wheels and teams can investigate how changing factors like mass of water carried, nozzle diameter, pressure and aerodynamics affect performance.

The session ends with a fast-paced race off to find the best car and, did we mention that everyone gets soaked?

Workshop Requirements

To run the workshop we need access to a space large enough to accommodate all of the participants for the introduction at the start of the workshop.

We will then need a space or spaces suitable for the number of participants to undertake a practical activity. For larger groups we will usually split into a number of separate classrooms for the rocket car construction. 

For testing and racing we will need access to a large outdoor space with a smooth, flat floor.  Tennis courts or tarmac playgrounds are ideal.

This workshop will also require access to water and participants will get wet!

Workshop Format

The session starts with an introduction to the science behind the workshop.  This may include demonstrations of some small alcohol-fuelled rockets and the Wonderstruck Hoverchair if you haven’t already had our Rocket Show as a starter activity. 

Teams then build their own rockets and, once complete, take them outside for testing and improving.

Once that’s all done it’s time to race!

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Our booking process is simple. You get in contact and we arrange a date. Try not to leave it to the last minute to avoid disappointment. We’re quick to respond but if you have a certain timeframe that suits you then let us know in the Message space below.

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Remote Options

If the situation isn’t right for us to visit then we can do an online show for you and/or we can send you a workshop pack with all of the materials you need to run your own Fan-Powered Car Workshop or a Rocket Car Workshop.

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