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Picture of Rocket Launch Pad

This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida (

What is an DIY project? DIY also known as Do It Yourself, is often denoted as projects that can be completed by oneself rather than employing a professional. That is what most engineers in their own respective fields do. They either are creating or building exciting new projects that can change the future. But are you a engineer if all you do is run simulations and calculating numbers on their computer screen? The answer is no, you are not an engineer until you have dive into the world of creating and building. So follow me on this journey of learning and building to become a true engineer. The Rocket Launch Pad is an exciting project that allows students to learn more about Arduino, programming, laser cutting, 3D printing, and creating their own rocket fuel.

Step 1: Parts Needed for Rocket System

To start it off, we will need parts for the electronic portion of the rocket system. Below is a list of wires, electronic components, and other parts needed:

  • 1 x 1/4" Dowel wood
  • 1 x 3/4" Dowel wood
  • 1 x 3/4" Schedule 40 PVC pipe
  • 1 x Bag of Potassium Nitrate
  • 1 x Bag of Powder Sugar
  • 1 x Blender
  • 1 x Cat Litter, but make sure it is the bentonite clay kind
  • 4 x Rubberbands
  • 1 x Arduino Microcontroller Board
  • 1 x Breadboard
  • 2 x 28BYJ-48 stepper motors
  • 2 x ULN2003 motorboards
  • 1 x 3-6V DC motor
  • 1 x IR sensor
  • 1 x IR remote
  • 1 x 220 Ohm resistor
  • 2 x 2N2222 NPN Transistors
  • 1 x Diode
  • 3 x 9V batteries
  • 1 x 6 pack of Estes Igniters
  • 1 x Box of Matches
  • Lots of jumper wires
  • Lots of male to female wires
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