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Smithsonian Science Activities Rocket Science Kit


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  • Soars up to 100 feet
  • Powered by baking soda and vinegar
  • Use over and over again
  • Adult supervision required
  • Includes instructions
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Model Number52276
genreAction
Assembly RequiredYes
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00BUPFMT8
  • Item model number: 52276
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,841 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Smithsonian Rocket Science allows you to build and launch a rocket. Incudes, rocket body, fin assembly, launch pad, foam nose cone, sticker sheet and full color poster.

Product Description

52276 Features: -Build and launch a rocket.-Powered by baking Soda and Vinegar (not included).-Soars up to 100'.-Use it over and over again. Includes: -Includes 23" x 17" color poster. Dimensions: -10.5'' H x 11.8'' W x 3'' D, 1 lb. Collection: -Smithsonian collection.


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Customer Reviews

My six year old was disappointed.
W. Pierce
The pieces do not fit together and the ingredients (baking soda & vinegar) leak out.
AP
Never have I seen a product so poorly designed and manufactured.
Joy M. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William J. Brodbeck on November 4, 2013
I'd just like to add my voice to those that rated this a rubbish toy. I thought the name "Smithsonian" would represent quality. It does not. First of all, the actual rocket does not look like the picture on the box. There is no nozzle but an opening that looks like the opening of a two liter pop bottle. You are suppose to wedge the pop bottle onto the base then shake it. That is, wedge the pop bottle, I refuse to call it a rocket, without mixing vinegar and baking soda, then shake it, then set it down. Easier said than done. If you get the timing just right, it pops off the pad with all the vigor of a lazy frog. However, four times out of five you end up splattered with a solution of vinegar and baking soda or nothing happens. Just do what my nephew and I did, forget the rocket and use the vinegar and baking soda in experiments of your own. We attempted to find which plastic bag was the strongest. It was the Ziploc Sandwich bag. Man, that is one tough little bag.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Ludden on February 17, 2014
I bought this rocket kit for my 6 year old son this past Christmas. We went to a park Christmas Day with a full box of baking soda, a large jug of vinegar, and grandparents in tow, excited to launch this new toy. But we were quickly and repeatedly met with disappointment. After trying time and time again, the rocket never got more than about 4 feet off the ground, and several times my clothes and shoes were sprayed with a sticky, smelly solution of baking soda & vinegar. We finally left frustrated, convinced we had wasted our money on a complete failure of a product.

Then last night I happened to find these reviews and noted a few people had successfully gotten the rocket to liftoff. I figured maybe I had missed something.

Today we tried the rocket again, with one key difference, and it was a huge success. We launched the rocket at least 10 times, and each time it shot anywhere from 20 to 40 feet in the air. We quickly had a gathering of every kid in the park over age 3, eagerly awaiting the next launch.

The difference that made today's launches so successful was pressing the rocket TIGHTLY onto the rubber stopper at the base of the launchpad. On Christmas Day, I was so focused on shaking the rocket quickly and getting away that the chemical reaction occurred and finished escaping out the loosely attached rocket before it had a chance to build any pressure, hence the lackluster and messy performance.

Here's the key instruction they didn't clearly give with the rocket kit (in CAPS below):

1. Fill the launch tube with your desired amount of baking soda. It's okay that it spills out the holes in the sides and bottom, because this allows it to mix better with the vinegar.
2. Fill the rocket body with your desired amount of vinegar.
3.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AP on September 17, 2013
This product does not work, do not waste your money. The pieces do not fit together and the ingredients (baking soda & vinegar) leak out. The rocket does not launch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isis the Black on October 8, 2013
It makes a big mess and flew about four feet in the air. Very disappointing, did not amuse my 5 year old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hallock on December 1, 2013
The worst product ever!!! My son and I were so excited to use it and it was a total dud. Don't waste your money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NebraskaChick on September 26, 2013
I tried this about 5 times before I could get it to launch, and at that it only would go about 6 feet in the air. It was enough to make my 3 year old happy, so I gave it 3 stars. It takes some finesse. The launch tube is not supposed to fit snugly on the base, which seems wrong, but it's to let the baking soda and vinegar mix. You have to hold the launch tube and the rocket sideways, put them together, and then shake it fast and set it down really fast before it explodes a baking powdery mix all over your clothes.

Put the baking powder and vinegar in, hold it sideways and put them together, making sure to push the rocket down tightly on the black squishy part of the tube base. Then (and I suggest you are already crouching on the ground when doing this part) hold it upright, shake it really fast, and set it down.

As I said, my three year old loved it. An older kid might be less than impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM J YOUNG III on March 9, 2014
I don't normally post reviews. But after seeing so many bad reviews for this product I figured I should speak up.

Like one reviewer mentioned, you must make sure you push the rocket onto the rubber stopper at the base of the stand as firmly as you can. The tighter the seal the better the launch.

I had great luck filling the powder tube to the top, and vinegar in the rocket in between the min and full marks. This combined with inserting base into the rocket at near horizontal, tipping the rocket slightly downward to keep the vinegar as far away from the powder until I could smush the rocket onto the rubber stopper. A couple quick shakes while putting it down on the ground. With this I was able to put the rocket up in the air as high as my neighbors two story house.

I am an intermediate model rocket builder and I quite enjoyed this.

Hope this helps people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovell on February 23, 2014
The launch tube for the rocket launcher doesn't fit. You might have some success using rubber cement or something to make a seal. Whatever we tried today just leaked vinegar everywhere.

Complete failure.
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