July 17th, 2009
Welcome to the Boston
Children's Museum rocketry adventure! I
was invited to bring a day of rocketry to the Children's
Museum in the form of build sessions and rocketry
demonstrations. The area that the museum is located in
(along side a river in central Boston) did not present itself
with a good launching area, especially not for kids first
exposure to rocketry.
Instead, we put
together a program where the kids would build a rocket and
receive information on how to bet it into the air, even going
so far as to inviting them to join us at our club launches in
the local area. Between build sessions I would present a
small/short rocketry demo out between the building and the
river. We only flew 4 models at each of three demo's,
but they were very well received (even if we did keep
altitudes below 75 feet). So much so that I saw many of
my students stay and watch all 3 demo's.
Because I had to
manage a very small flying field, with an active boardwalk
that I had to alert before each launch, I did not have the
chance to take any launch photo's. Which is fine,
because this day was really about the kids and not the rockets
that I flew. Everyone, parents/guardians included seemed
to have a wonderful time. It is my hope that we can turn
this into an annual (at least) event.
On the left is a
photo album of the fun we shared this day. I look
forward to returning next year for an even bigger and better
If you see a photo
of your child or their rocket that you would like, send me an
email with the filename of the photo and I can send you a high
resolution version of the picture, suitable for
I look forward to
visiting next years class of future rocketeers and I hope
everyone had nearly as much fun as I did! You all
did a wonderful job! I hope to see you at our launches.
Enjoy this photo
album! Click on a
thumbnail on the left to get a full size image in this panel.