When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, many parents were left wondering how to keep their kids entertained while they were stuck at home away from school, their friends and their extracurricular activities.
General Motors eventually realized that the value that was hiding in its massive workforce of well-educated engineers and called on them to help launch its STEM Summer School video series – which helped inform kids on various topics related to science, technology engineering and math in a fun, easy-to-understand way.
While the STEM Summer School series ended as the summer break wound down, GM is still uploading helpful, kid-friendly how-to science videos to its YouTube page to help parents and children continue their at-home education efforts. The latest video in this running series, which is entitled ‘DIY Science With Chevy’, the automaker teaches us how to assemble and use a homemade water bottle rocket.
While this is a great project for kids, it does require some adult supervision at some points, as the craft requires some cutting with an Exacto knife and drilling into a cork or rubber grommet. We’d also suggest supervising younger kids while they launch off the water bottle rocket – it may only be water, but these homemade rockets can take off with a surprising amount of force.
The list of materials required for the Chevrolet water bottle rocket are as follows:
- Tire stem
- Jug of water
- Bike pump
- Duct tape
- 20 oz bottle
- Garden stake
- 3-inch mailing tube
Chevrolet encourages fans of all ages to tune into the video below to learn about the “thrilling world of rocket propulsion,” and how they can build their very own homemade water bottle rocket.