Welcome to my website dedicated to recording my water rockets and other projects.

Building and launching Water Rockets is loads of fun, developing all sorts of skills from being creative with junk to high-tech electronics. Most of the things I have learned originally came from hours of scouring different websites, some of which are now gone. I decided to start this website to document what I do, both for my own benefit, and for whoever manages to find me. I hope that you, dear reader, find this helpful - or at least interesting enough to inspire you to try building your own water rockets.

Find out what I've been up to recently on the Rocket Blog pages. For developments with the electronics systems see Avionics. Information about my own design of parachutes can be found on the Recovery Systems section, while information about launch systems is under Launcher Systems

You can also see what Other Projects I have been working on, including Raspberry Pi and PICAXE

Water Rockets

Latest Rocket Blog

  • All the reports from what's been happening with my rockets recently.

  • How To Build A Rocket How To StartTo build a rocket you need to start with a plastic bottle. You need to choose one which contains a fizzy drink as these are designed to ...
    Posted 12 Mar 2015, 05:18 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Rocket Demo to Rotherfield Primary School I was invited to visit Rotherfield Primary School today to demonstrate water rockets to Foundation and KS1 classes as part of their Flight Week.Most of the kit has been ...
    Posted 13 Jun 2014, 00:15 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • LS08 Launching from Box 12-Oct-2013 Launching my rocket LS08 today from the Box launch site on the Ashdown Forest.  The parachute mechanism is now working reliably and the altimeter is collecting good data too, so ...
    Posted 12 Oct 2013, 10:50 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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  • Scratch

    Scratch is a simple programming platform that anyone can use to make their own programs.

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  • Can I Tell You A Joke? One of the features of Scratch which I use very little is the Lists function. Hidden away under the orange   section, the   function allows you you create a list of ...
    Posted 2 Oct 2015, 12:44 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Roman Palisade Attack We like to make Scratch projects that link to topic work we do in school, and this term Year 5 are learning about the Romans. Their Computing task is to ...
    Posted 8 Oct 2015, 13:21 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Pop The Spider Here are some step by step instructions to get you started with making a game.Open Scratch and delete the cat sprite by right-clicking over it and selecting DELETE ...
    Posted 27 Jun 2014, 13:35 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Instructions for Scratch 1.4 Getting Started If you are just starting out with Scratch, a really good starting guide is the Scratch 1.4 Getting Started Guide. This gives a large-print step-by ...
    Posted 27 Jun 2014, 04:13 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Froggy - a game for MakeyMakey I recently acquired a MakeyMakey interface, and have been looking for a project to use it.MakeyMakey allows you to create your own keyboard or input device to control whatever ...
    Posted 26 Jun 2014, 11:30 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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Other Projects

PICAXE Projects

  • PICAXE Microcontrollers can be programmed to do all sorts of things. Here is my account of what I have been using them for...
  • PICAXE Proto-Board Traffic Light Simulator One of the first things I did when I started working at Crockham Hill School was to build a set of model traffic lights that could be connected to a ...
    Posted 13 Jun 2014, 13:05 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • New Micro Servo I have taken delivery of a new micro Servo.This is similar to the one I am currently using in my rocket connected to an RC receiver, but this one ...
    Posted 22 Sep 2013, 05:38 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Didn't work - but this does! My program from the previous post didn't work. What a disaster!Well, first I got nothing whenever the Nunchuck was connected. So I thought I'd better check the ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2013, 13:29 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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Raspberry Pi Project Blog

  • Here is the latest from my Raspberry Pi Project
  • FUZE kit I was lucky enough to win a Raspberry Pi FUZE kit in a competition at the BETT exhibition this year. It was delivered to me at school, and my Code ...
    Posted 14 Feb 2015, 06:25 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi Looking for a good project to try out, I came across this - Running Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi. To get started, I first set up a new version of Raspbian ...
    Posted 25 Jan 2014, 13:44 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • 5 Raspberry Pi's for School  I was very pleased to receive an email from the Raspberry Pi Foundation about our school's entry to the "Hour Of Code" competition.Thank you on behalf of the ...
    Posted 25 Jan 2014, 07:38 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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Teaching Computing

  • Teaching Computing
    Sometimes I make teaching resources for the Primary Computing Curriculum

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  • Simulations IntroductionComputer simulations can represent real or imaginary situations. They allow users to study or try things that would be difficult or impossible to do in real life.Simulations are ...
    Posted 12 Jul 2014, 12:35 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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