Tuesday, July 8, 2014

stomp rocket

Camille has been enjoying the free MAKE:/Google summer maker camp so far.  There are daily videos (the first one featured Buzz Aldrin), projects to make, and weekly virtual "field trips". We had all of the supplies on hand for the first project, a (stomp rocket) rocket launcher.  We used paper and masking tape, a 2L bottle, a used bicycle inner tube, some old PEX pipe, and duct tape. 

 3 . . . 2 . . . 1
. . . and jump!

It worked out really well. This video is from our very first launch, and all of the girls wanted to shoot it off over and over, varying the angle of launch and the jumping force to see how high and/or far they could get it to go.

One more video: it's still exciting launch after launch. Success!

Here's a couple more pictures of our unschooling summer lovin' from the last couple of days:
drip castle

diggin' at the pond

 calendula and beets in the garden


We've also been enjoying catching up on Cosmos episodes on Hulu, reading Amelia Bedelia, The Ordinary Princess (by M.M. Kaye), and Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (by Astrid Lindgren), rolling down hills at the park, building with LEGOs, participating in the library summer reading program, drawing and coloring pictures of mermaids, and eating lots of fresh garden salads and homemade hummus. Cheers.


  1. Awesome!!!!! I love the stomp launcher! The drip castles are pretty cool too :)

  2. Oh how fun! We'll have to check out the google link, I'd never heard of that one! And those berries look wonderful!!

  3. Very cool! We'll have to try it out, Lu will love this.

  4. That looks like so much fun! Will have to check out that link. Love the beachy-nature pics.


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