Rocket in a Box


This box aims to give students an interactive session based around aeronautical engineering. Learners will be tasked with designing, creating and launching their own card/paper rockets, using the provided foot pump and pipe rocket launcher.

The session explores the impact aerodynamics, SUVAT Equations, and air resistance on rocket stability, allowing learners to use this knowledge to create the most effective rocket design.

Curriculum links:

  • GCSE Science (Physics)
  • GCSE Design and Technology
    • Extracurricular (Great activity for lunchtime or after school clubs)

Box Contents

Teaching resources:

Memory stick


Lesson Pan

Participant worksheets

Engineering student case studies

Full risk assessment



X1 Gas foot pump

X1 Pipe pressure rocket launcher

Coloured card

Blue tac


Classroom requirements:

Creation of the rockets can take place in a classroom setting. It is advised that the launch of rockets takes place in an open and spacious environment, either a school sports hall or a sports field (subject to weather conditions). 

Terms and conditions of borrowing a box

Terms and Conditions

This document sets out the terms and conditions for schools utilising Loughborough University’s HE Unboxed programme. The following terms and conditions apply to all of the boxes within the HE Unboxed programme.

Allocated time per box:

In order to ensure we can reach as many schools as possible, schools may have an HE Unboxed activity on their premises for a maximum of two weeks at a time. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, schools agree to adhere to these timescales.

Boxes should be returned by the date agreed with the WP team. Unless alternative collection arrangements are made, the boxes are to be returned using the labels provided at the cost of the booking school. If for some reason the labels are missing – the box should be posted to the following address:

School and College Liaison Team

Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions

Hazlerigg Building

Loughborough University



LE11 3TU

Damaged or missing items:

Each box includes an equipment list required to successfully run the activity, if the box is found to be missing equipment, or if any of the equipment is found to be damaged, the WP team reserves the right to ask schools to cover the cost of replacements. 

Please note, that Items marked with an asterisk (*) are classed as consumables and do not need to be replenished by schools. 

Use of items:

All equipment provided through HE Unboxed has passed Loughborough University’s required safety checks, and where required, safety equipment has been provided. Therefore, Loughborough University is not responsible for any injuries that may occur whilst using the equipment within HE Unboxed activity.

The resources and materials provided should not be reproduced or redistributed beyond your own school without the permission of Loughborough University.

To help us ensure that as many schools as possible can access the resources in timely manner, schools booking boxes agree to return the box contents in the same state in which they were received.