Pollard Elementary School -
School was the first ever school to take advantage of the
FlisKits educational bulk pack program way back in June of
2003, during our first year of operation. I taught the
build session with over 100 students in 5 different
classes. Knowing we were going to make this an annual
event, we took the opportunity to make this a "train the
trainer" type of session where we used the teachers as
helpers so that they would gain the experience needed to do
the build session themselves in future years.
A week later I
would return to the school to help the kids launch their
Ever since then I
have traveled out to Pollard Elementary to deliver the rocket
kits and give the upcoming classes a brief introduction to
model rocketry and what they will be doing with the
kits. The bulk of these short talks is filled with
questions from inquisitive minds wanting to know everything
all at once. I would then return in a couple of weeks to
fly with these wonderful kids.
I did that again
this month, as we have for the past 6 years. As I was
driving out to the school I started to do the math in my head
and was shocked to realize that the very first class, from
back in 2003, will be SENIORS in HIGH SCHOOL next year!
That just blew me away. It is even stranger to think
that many of the kids I have taught over the years are now
mom's and dad's with kids of their own.
This years class
was no less excited (and exciting) than previous years.
You can FEEL the anticipation of each and every child as they
get their model ready for flight. I am very big on
"learn by doing", so in my classes the children do
all the work from installing the motor, preparing the recovery
device, placing the model on the pad, hooking up the igniter
leads, launching and recovering their own model. Other
than giving direction, as needed, I am merely a spectator at
On the left is a
photo album (over 100 pictures!) of the many pictures from this fine day. I
apologize for the fuzzy launch photo's but it wasn't until the
end of the day that I realized I had my camera set incorrectly
for launch photo's...
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! Special thanks
to Ms. Zavalianos for keeping this program alive.
Special thanks also to all of the students who worked SO hard
and did such a fine job on their models!
Enjoy this photo
album! Click on a
thumbnail on the left to get a full size image in this panel.