Experience Professor Nitrate’s interactive science show, explore our Rocket Vault and discover how to make your own air-powered rockets.

Topic Description

Pupils will meet Professor Nitrate, a scientist with a tendency to make things pop, bang and fizz! Classes will have the chance to explore our Rocket Vault and develop a practical understanding of the science of rocketry through a variety of hands-on activities, including making and launching air-powered rockets.

The session will develop pupils understanding of propellants and aerodynamics. The Royal Gunpowder Mills Rocket Vault offers pupils a chance to engage with the materiality of real life rockets up close. Pupils are encouraged to engage with a historically grounded understanding of these artefacts.  

Brought to you in partnership with Ministry of Drama Productions, a theatre production company that specialises in children’s educational theatre workshops. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


This session is available on site from the summer term 2022 onwards.



Price per class (KS1 and KS2)


On Site


On Site Visits run from 10:30AM – 2:00PM (arrival time 10:00AM – 2:30PM departure time).


As our sessions are delivered by an external performer any on site visit cancellation will be charged at 50% of the total cost.


Interested? Here’s how to book...

Send an email to: [email protected]

Please include: School name, contact details, number of pupils, year group.

Or call us on: 01992 707320