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STEM: Science
STEM: Science
STEM: Technology
STEM: Technology
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Math
STEM: Math

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

Specifications

Contains: Does not contain any of the 8 major allergens

Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up

Material: Plastic, paper

Includes: Rocket, launcher, stickers, poster, instruction guide

Number of Players: 1 Player

Educational Focus: Math, engineering, technology, science

TCIN: 51170769
UPC: 042409518731
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-2404

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+.
STEM: Science
STEM: Science
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: science.
STEM: Technology
STEM: Technology
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Technology.
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Engineering
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Engineering.
STEM: Math
STEM: Math
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Math.
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Guest Ratings & Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews
55% would recommend
11 recommendations
broad age appeal: 3.9 out of 5
value: 3 out of 5
quality: 3.1 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
length of play: 3.2 out of 5

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Poor design

2 out of 5 stars
Yorkypyne - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Cool in theory but it is a very poor design! It is impossible to keep the baking soda in, as it falls through the base and holes in the side. We wasted a lot of baking soda and vinegar trying to make this work. We even tried Saran wrapping the base closed and closing off the holes and then removing the wrap right before adding the rocket and vinegar. Unfortunately, all of our efforts were futile. It seemed at one point that it tried to launch but, alas, the rocket is too heavy and only elevated a 1/2 inch.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
Hi, Yorkypyne. We're sorry you had issues with your Rocket Science kit. Please contact custserv@nsi-int.com and put "Target Review Follow Up" in your subject line. We will be happy to help you.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Tips to make it work better

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Casper - 5 months ago
The baking soda has to clump. If not clumping, add a few drops of water to baking soda in a cup. Stir it while adding a drop or two of water until it clumps. Add it to the tube and it'll stay in the tube now without falling out of the holes. The rest is trial and error. Don't use all your wife's baking soda though, or you'll get in trouble like me! We put the baking soda tube inside the rocket almost horizontally. Then shook very little and held the rocket down by its base until it was obviously building pressure, then released. It's a bit messy, but the kids love it! Rocket goes about 25 feet up I'd say. Only launched it 5 times so far, but getting good at it now. We'll work on it and see how to get it higher with practice. Yes, it's cheap. But it works well for what it is. More importantly, it entertains the young ones for not a lot of money. Enjoy!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Waste of time and a disappointed kid

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Joe - 7 months ago
Terrible design, never got it actually work. Instructions are useless. Without actually modifying the rocket and its base this won't ever get off the ground, and I'm not going to put in the time and effort to fix their poor design.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 5 months ago
Hi, Joe. We're sorry you're frustrated with your Rocket Science Kit. Maybe it would help with troubleshoot ing to watch a video or two of successful launches. You might see something that those people did differently. We recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DocW6Pil8S4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsmkBYtppuo. In the latter video, it took a few tries to get a great blastoff! If you continue to have issues, please contact our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com. Please put “Target Review Follow-Up” in the subject line, and we will be happy to help you.
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
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1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Eileen - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
Rocket would spurt out soda n vinegar solution before kids were able to launch it. Total bust and waste of money
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4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
n - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Takes a little tinkering to get it to work and the instructions could be a little clearer, but for the price it's great. We've had many successful launches as high as 20 feet.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
quality: 3 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Smithsonian Rocket Science Kit

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
rl - 1 year ago
Very very poor workmanship. The wings were all smash up, they are not straight like the photo on the packaging. The foam wings were also very poorly made. The stickers immediately started coming off the foam.
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broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Poor product

1 out of 5 stars
Julied - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Poorly made and rocket did not fly. Do not waste your money.
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Great gift!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Baby alive - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Great gift for my grandsons 12th birthday!
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
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