Imagine sweeping the dust from a giant rock formation to uncover an ancient dinosaur fossil, or peering through your backyard telescope to identify a hazy comet as it streaks across the sky. Sound exciting? Believe it or not, several scientific discoveries were first observed by amateur hobbyists. While most hobbies don’t lead to important breakthroughs, they can be a fun way to learn about science. This is the perfect time of year to explore some new activities. The investigation below will introduce you to the hobby of rocketry. If building rockets isn’t your thing, you might try some other science hobbies, like collecting rocks, observing weather or flying kites. Who knows, your hobby might even turn into a career one day.
Caution: This activity requires adult supervision.