Acid-Base Reaction - Chemical Rocket - Kit for 10 uses. #Exp3

Learn how to make a homemade rocket using a beaker, water, citric acid and potassium bicarbonate! This fun science experiment will teach about the chemistry of the reaction between acid and base and allow you to see how pressure is generated to propel the rocket upwards. Orders can be placed via the web by adding the product to your cart and following the steps below.


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The chemical rocket experiment kit is a kit with which you can carry out the chemical rocket experiment. The experiment consists of creating a small rocket propelled by CO2. CO2 is formed by the reaction between citric acid and potassium bicarbonate.


The kit is intended for 10-20 uses/person and contains:

Kit does not contain: cellulose paper (toilet paper) and spoon


We show you the detailed step-by-step video and you can also follow the steps described below.

  1. Take a 25 ml glass and fill it halfway with water.
  2. Rotate the glass to make sure that the water covers all the sides of the glass.
  3. Place a piece of toilet paper in the glass over the water.
  4. Add half a tablespoon of citric acid on the paper.
  5. Add half a tablespoon of potassium bicarbonate to the paper.
  6. Cover the beaker tightly with a lid and place it on a flat surface.
  7. Take the glass with both hands and turn it upside down.
  8. Observe how the rocket is propelled upwards due to the pressure generated by the chemical reaction.

It is important to note that this experiment is only a home demonstration and should not be attempted at home without adult supervision. In addition, caution is advised when handling citric acid and potassium bicarbonate, as they can irritate the skin and eyes.


  • How to make a homemade rocket experiment using common materials
  • The basics of the chemical reaction between acid and base
  • How pressure is generated and used to power a rocket


The reaction between citric acid and potassium bicarbonate is a neutralisation reaction, in which a chemical reaction takes place between an acid and a base to form a compound called salts and water. The chemical reaction is as follows:

C6H8O7 (aq) + KHCO3 (aq) → K3C6H5O7 (aq) + H2O (l) + CO2 (g)

Where C6H8O7 is citric acid, KHCO3 is potassium bicarbonate, K3C6H5O7 is the citric salt formed in the reaction and H2O is water. CO2 is carbon dioxide, which is released in the reaction as a gas.

In this reaction, citric acid and potassium bicarbonate combine to form a salt called potassium citrate, as well as water and carbon dioxide. The reaction is exothermic, which means that heat is released during the chemical reaction.

The reaction between citric acid and potassium bicarbonate is a common reaction in household chemistry and is used to make a variety of products, such as mints, cleaning tablets and household cleaning products.


The reaction between citric acid and potassium bicarbonate is an acid-base reaction. See more acid-base reactions.


You can see more experiments in this section: Science Experiments

The kit includes:

chemical rocket experiment kit

Weight 1 kg


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