Many thanks to
Gina LIpkin for inviting me to bring model rocketry to a small
but select group of excited kids at the Langley-Adams Library
in Groveland, MA this past week.
While we only had
6 kids sign up for the program, there is no doubt that our
next outing will attract more attention now that everyone
knows the fun they can have!
We built the Whatchamacallit
kit as we wanted a kit that would be easy for these first
timers as well as one that could be built and flown the same
day. Actually, we had one boy who had flown 3 other
model rockets, so he brought some experience to the
group. We assembled with white glue over the span of
about an hour. We then rested for about a half hour to
give the glue some additional time to dry. I used this
time to get the launch field set up.
On the launch
field the kids were taught how to prep their recovery device
(streamer) as well as installing the igniter in the motor and
installing the motor in the model. They were then given
all of the materials needed and they proceeded to get their
own models ready for flight.
Once done, we went
to the two pads in pairs where they loaded their model on the
pad, hooked up the clips then, after a brief lesson, proceeded
to launch then recover their own models. I was pretty
much just a spectator throughout the whole thing.
We began with 2
demo launches of our Micro to the MAXX Stinger
kit followed by our yet to be announced Lil' Guy kit. We
then launched the 6 class kits and closed with a launching of
foam cup rocket, much to the delight of everyone there.
It was a great (if hot) afternoon and I look forward to
working with Gina in future such events.
On the left is a
photo album of the fun we shared this day. 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.