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Kits and materials all set up for class.
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Here they are!  A mix of new rocketeers as well as some kits from my advanced class last year
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In the foreground we have the brother of one of my older rocketeers (it's generational now!) and two of my more advanced students.
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Here are the new rocketeers.  See how shiny and new they are?? LOL
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Keeping busy through our 3 hour build.  We did an hour build then an hour lecture followed by the final assembly.
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Working hard or hamming it up for the camera.  Either way they had fun!
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I forgot to get a class picture after we were done but was able to snatch one boy for a quick "finish shot"
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Here's the group braving a cold December afternoon.  We have to work quickly as we only have about 45 minutes of daylight available!
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After showing the kids how to prep their rocket (motor and recovery), they get their models prepared and we begin to fly!  Here's our first of the day.
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Perfect launch with a good (not perfect) recovery.  The kids are learning quickly the effect of cold on parachutes.
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This young man had the time of his life building and flying his first rocket!
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And, fly it did!  Picture perfect.
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One of my advanced students.  These kids were great.  When I told them it was just a beginner class their response (all of them) was "don't care.  Just want to build rockets!"
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Perfect launch and, in this case, good parachute deployment.  That carried the rocket out over the school.  4 days later we discovered it near the building, in an alcove.  Another student saw it outside their classroom during school.
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Another Thing-a-ma-Jig ready to go!
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Most of the rockets had chutes that didn't want to open well in the cold.  The soft ground kept the landings damage free and the lack of an open parachute kept the models on the field!
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Ready to go! Another of my advanced kids ready to go!  (This boy also brought one of his models from home to fly, time permitting (see below))
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The older kids braved the skies with B motors while most of the newer kids stayed with the A motors.
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First time rocketeers are always SO much fun :)
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Different launch view.  You can see the entire class and my helper (who was also new to rocketry)
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Last class flight of the day.  The sun is getting low and the temps are dropping!
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Great flight, start to finish!
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Our last launch of the day was a Bull's Eye brought from home, on a B6-4 motor.  I cautioned him that he'd be better off with a B6-2 (recommended) and explained why.  He was insistent that he wanted to see it fly, so...
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We pointed her straight up, for best altitude, and she turned in a perfect flight with no damage, though she was very low when the parachute deployed.
While a short session, it was also a whole lot of fun.  No question we're going to keep introducing model rocketry to this group.

After our launch we retired back to the class room for a 90 minute session on making exotic paper airplanes and exploring some brain teasers.  Overall a great session!

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