Model rockets make for an interesting and progressive hobby. Essentially a model rocket can be launched vertically to around 1000-1500 feet and are generally constructed of paper, plastic, wood or other lightweight material.
Surprisingly, model rockets are a fairly safe hobby and enjoyed by all ages, children can be especially inspired by this early introduction to rockets and sometimes go on to become engineers or even scientists.
As well as being an enjoyable pastime, the model rockets can be used to actually record data. Video cameras and cameras can be fitted to the rocket so that aerial photographs can be taken. Electronic altimeters if fitted to the rocket, can record acceleration, maximum speed and altitude.
A big part of the fun aspect of model rockets is that making them is a satisfying pastime in itself. Sometimes people do not even launch the rockets but they keep them on display. It can take some time to build a rocket (depending on the specific type) so if you are considering taking up this hobby it is worth realising that it can take up a lot of spare time.
For all that it is an immensely satisfying hobby; surprisingly it takes very little expenditure to get started. Starter kits are available and these kits afford an afternoon of rocket making followed by the launching ceremony and these are great fun too. Rockets can be reused again, they simply need to have new engines which can be fitted and the cost of this depends on the engine strength and how high you would like the rockets to fly. Obviously high power rockets need to have more preparation for launch than for lesser powered rockets.
This is a fantastic hobby for the whole family but if it fails to inspire those around you, it is also a hobby which can be enjoyed on an individual level. There is a great deal of information available in books and on the internet which will give some great starting tips.
This is a hobby which is progressive, a lot of fun and also relatively inexpensive and it can also satisfy those with a strong creative streak.