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$12.99 when purchased online

About this item

Highlights

  • Build and Launch a Rocket
  • Powered by Baking Soda and Vinegar (Not Included)
  • Use it Over and Over Again
  • 23" x 17" Color Poster
  • Includes STEM Educational Content

Description

Build and launch a model rocket, powered by baking soda and vinegar. The Smithsonian Rocket Science kit comes with five pieces that easily connect, forming a rocket and launch pad. Decorate your rocket with official stickers. To launch, pour baking soda in the launch tube and vinegar in the fuselage. Slide the pieces together, shake, place on the ground, stand back 10’, and wait for lift off! Your rocket can soar up to 50’! Launch it again and again! Included STEM content poster teaches about rockets and their history. Baking soda and vinegar not included. Ages 8+.
Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 9 Major Allergens
Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up
Educational Focus: Science
Includes: Rocket, Stickers, Poster, Instruction Guide, Launcher
Battery: No Battery Used
TCIN: 51170769
UPC: 042409518731
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-2404
Origin: Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 3.23 inches length x 10.59 inches width x 11.67 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.68 pounds

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
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Q: What age group is this for?

submitted by Nate - 2 years ago
  • A: This is recommended for ages 8+.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
    Brand expert
2.5 out of 5 stars with 140 reviews
30% would recommend
68 recommendations
broad age appeal: 2.57 out of 5
length of play: 2.22 out of 5
quality: 2.05 out of 5
value: 2.07 out of 5
ease of use: 2.02 out of 5

Does not work.

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Sammie - 1 month ago
We put the rocket together and followed all instructions.. it did not work at all. There were holes in the tube to put the baking soda in and the vinegar just spilled everywhere. Very disappointed child unfortunately.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 month ago
We're so sorry you and your child were disappointed with your Rocket Science Kit. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Sammie. Tell them exactly what happened. They can offer tips and tricks for launching.
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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Gargbage product - AVOID. Poor quality

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
user000101010001 - 2 months ago
Cheap product. Baking soda spills out before you can even attach it. Rocket ship is poor foam and stikers dont stick to it, WASTE OF MONEY
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
We're sorry you are disappointed with your Rocket Science Kit. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@NSI-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" ijn the subject line, and let them know you published this review under user000101010001.
ease of use: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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Unsuccessful

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Marie - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
We tried many times, and this is impossible. Once the baking soda and vinager start mixing it just spills everywhere and the rocket goes about 2”. My son was so excited about this. Such a disappointment.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
We are so sorry your son is disappointed with his Rocket Science Kit. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@NSI-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Marie. FYI, while it is tricky to launch, it does launch, once you get the hang of it. Take a look at the YouTube video SMITHSONIAN ROCKET SCIENCE DEMO, and see if you might be able to copy the technique. Another great video is ROCKET LAUNCH SCIENCE DEMO SMITHSONIAN ROCKET LAUNCH SCIENCE EXPERIMENT Gabe Tube TV. They finally get their technique down at 7:25!
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Useless

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
DG - 5 months ago
The baking soda and vinegar start reacting immediately and just explode everywhere getting you all wet and the rocket lifting off about two inches. My son was so excited to get this and so disappointed with the results. We followed the directions precisely a few times but it didn't work. Waste of $12.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 5 months ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Rocket Science Kit, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under DG.
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Waste of money

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Cherylz - 5 months ago
The design is very flawed. The tube for the baking soda has holes and does not securely attach to the base, so you waste a bunch trying to fill the tube. We did not get the rocket to launch at all after reading the directions multiple times to see if we missed something.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 5 months ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Rocket Science Kit, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com and tell them about your experience. They will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Cherylz.
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Don't Buy

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Dad - 6 months ago
Waste of money. Complete mess.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 6 months ago
We're sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Rocket Science Kit. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Dad.
quality: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Piece of junk. Do not buy

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Beezer - 6 months ago
Do not recommend, very disappointed. I should have read the reviews before purchasing. The baking soda pours out of the holes in the tube immediately. Once combined with the vinegar it either explodes out everywhere if you do not set it down fast enough after shaking or shoots up no more than 8 inches. My son was highly disappointed.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 6 months ago
We're so sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Rocket Science Kit, but we really want to make things right. Most of us at NSI are parents and grandparents ourselves, and it is never our intention to disappoint kids. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put Target Review Follow Up in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Beezer. If you DO want to give your kit another try, you can try watching a YouTube video of a successful launch to see if there's any tweak you can make to your technique. Two such videos are "Rocket Launch Science Demo" by Gabe Tube TV and "How To Launch A Baking Soda & Vinegar Rocket" by David Edwards.
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
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Rocket science

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Pam - 7 months ago
We had so much fun building and launching!!! Great product for kids !!!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Entertaining

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Crystal - 7 months ago
was easy to build and use. I really enjoyed this product.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Kids school loves it!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Wolvie - 8 months ago
Son thought this was excellent
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Launcher

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ReRe - 8 months ago
Launched this multiple times until it landed into my neighbors yard and it instantly became their dogs toy. Will be going to buy another one or 2 as a backup.
length of play: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
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Neat kit

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
John S - 8 months ago
this was a fun kit to build and use
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Fly high

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Chris - 8 months ago
awesome rocket that shoots up in the sky. hours of fun with my child. ran out of daylight or would still be outside shooting it into the sky.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Fun and Educational

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
BellaB - 8 months ago
Rocket kit with pizzazz!
value: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Bluealienfox

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Bluealienfox - 8 months ago
cool product. not sure about other reviews but it worked for us.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Pretty cool!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Jay - 9 months ago
My kids had a lot of fun shooting this rocket up. They turned it into a competition to see who can make it go the highest.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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VERY COOL FOR ALL AGES!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Jane - 9 months ago
Kids to adults feel like in your science class making a concoction, but a few seconds later, everybody feels like a kid, as your creation launches into the air. Be sure to read the instructions to get the baking soda and vinegar combination just right and quickly ready to launch once combined. I'm surprised too that this toy did not actually cost more to buy given it is a rocket. Also, it is good to buy a spare box of baking soda, as this can be re-launched over and over again.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Rocket

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mark Hunt - 9 months ago
Good item shoots very good. Kids will love this toy.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Huge Disappointment

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
MomofBoys - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
My 6 year old son purchased this with his own birthday money and he was devastated that it didn’t even get off the ground. Three knowledgeable adults also could not make this work. The design is severely flawed, and beyond a disappointment. Target should pull this from the shelves.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 10 months ago
We're so sorry your son was so disappointed with the Rocket Science Kit, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under MomofBoys.
quality: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
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Bad design

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Reviewer - 11 months ago
Target should not be selling this item. I wish I would have looked at reviews before purchasing. Not sure how this even got to the shelves with holes in a tube that is to be filled.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 11 months ago
We're so sorry you are having issues with your Rocket Science Kit. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Reviewer.
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