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SmartLab Remote Control Rocket

SmartLab Remote Control Rocket

Spring 2008 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $19.99
Remote Control Rocket is a kit containing a 32-page book entitled, Mission to Mars!, and components necessary to assemble and launch a 9-inch rocket here on earth. The rocket is powered by the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar and is fired using a remote control button that releases the rocket from the launch pad when pressure has built up.

The first lesson is about the fuel and the chemical reaction that takes place, the unseen product that builds up pressure in the sealed rocket, and the release of that potential energy that makes a rocket soar. Then, the book makes the comparison to fuel systems used in space ships like the one you are planning to take to Mars. The lessons about your trip to Mars are much more involved. They are about how scientists have already figured out how to get into space, how to live in space, and how to return home from space. They show the timeline for a trip to Mars, show the necessities aboard a Mars transit vehicle, and describe jobs and tasks to be performed on the red planet. No topic is presented in great detail, but there's lots of fun, useful, information.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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