It's always exciting and fascinating when a shuttle launches into space. The astronauts boarding the rocket, the anticipation of the count down and the rumble of the engines as they lift off are sights and sounds like nothing else. Why not bring a bit of that excitement and energy into your home by exploring rockets?
Start by building your own rocket following the instructions provided by the Museum of Science and Industry's Summer Brain Games. This simple but thrilling experiment will leave everyone wanting more information about rockets.
Younger kids will love Rocket Science which begins with a top secret assignment: a mission that involves learning the history of rockets then designing and constructing one of your own. And Meteor the mouse will win your heart as he saves a mission to space in Mousetronaut.
Older kids will enjoy following 11-year old twins Mark and Scott as they gather their friends and spend the summer building a rocket in Astronaut Mark Kelly's book, Astrotwins. Will the secret rocket fuel formula they have discovered actually cause their rocket to blast off?
And everyone will learn more about rockets by watching the DVD Popular Mechanics for Kids Radical Rockets. Jay and Elisha explore the facts behind life in space, space suits, astronaut training and space camp.
Check out even more books about rockets to keep the learning going.