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Opening up the Espresso kit lead to an immediate contest to see who could build the coolest tower...
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Ok, ok... nuf' "fun"!  We gotta get to work!
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This kit introduced the kids to cutting their own fins.  They learned how to use a straight edge and a razor knife as well as a cutting board.  They also had to learn about shrouds and using a hot glue gun!  Lots of learning with this kit.
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Everyone took the new techniques in stride and did a wonderful job!
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The kids seemed to have as much fun with the waste material as with the kit itself! LOL
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The kids were also introduced to the "double glue" method of attaching fins.  Here he is blowing on the root edge to help get the glue to set up faster.
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Laying out the fin pattern on the balsa stock was a challenge but they all got the hang of it
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I was very pleased with how well they all did with the razor knife.
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We set up an assembly line type of work area for the hot gluing needed for this kit.  We had 6 glue guns set up for about 12 kids.  It seemed to work out very well.
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One by one they would get the first pair of cups onto their rocket.
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By the end of the class they has the engine mount done as well as the base of the model including the fins!  Good job!
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Here they are all complete.  This was to be our launch day, but the weather didn't cooperate.  So instead we began our next kit, the Thing-a-ma-Jig.
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Back to "regular" rocketry, these kids felt right at home.  For many this was their 3rd session so they will be moving on to advanced rocketry for the next session.
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For our first class we focused on the various sub assemblies.  We finished the engine mount, the fin unit and the parachute.
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Parachutes drive the kids nuts and by the time they get to the advanced class they are about fed up with them.  Such is the life of a rocketeer! LOL
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Success!  Parachute is finally done!  man...
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The following week, rather than continue on our Thing-a-ma-Jig, we took advantage of the nice weather to get our Espresso kits into the air!
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First up was a new micro kit we have in the works, called the Aggie.  This is a micro Marble-Loft rocket for competition
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A close up of the boost of Aggie.
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Our first Espresso rocketeer!
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And a job well done!  I think the kids were surprised that these even worked LOL
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Not a lot of time was spent finishing, mainly because I had to inform them that they couldn't use spray paints on them.
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But they looked good and flew great!
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Ok, so not everyone was listening when I told the, repeatedly, that they couldn't use spray paint...  Well, it IS interesting looking...
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It's flight was even MORE interesting LOL
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Now we're seeing some decoration!  Markers make a wonderful tool for decorating foam cup rockets!
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They fly pretty too!
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More with markers and water based paints.  I missed the launch of this one.
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I'm proud of the kids for braving the cold for this launch.  It wasn't bitter cold, but cold enough that they were looking forward to getting back to the classroom.
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Still, the rockets flew very well and the kids forgot the cold for those few seconds of flight.
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The big concern was locating a white rocket on the white snow!
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More rockets ready to go!
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David was proud of his work but I think he would prefer a more futuristic type of rocket.
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No complaints about the flight though!
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Best paint job of the day!
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And pretty in the air too!
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Now, back to class and let's finish up these Thing-a-ma-Jig kits!
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Waiting for glue to dry provides some time to browse the catalog!
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At one point I turned around only to discover this drawing of me on the chalk board LOL
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She had forgotten her rocket at our last launch so brought it today and we made this the first launch of the day.
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WOOSH! And away she goes!
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Much more creativity on the decorations with the Thing-a-ma-Jig kits.
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With his finger on the launch button, we take to the air!
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Ready to go, cold and all!
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Capturing the moment of ignition!
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Hardest part was hooking up the igniter leads in this cold!
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Dang, man!  You COULD have used spray paint on THIS model!
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All decorated up and ready to go.
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Another great launch pic!
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Yep, the kids got more into the decoration with this kit.
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Hard to see against the dark tree line this late in the day.
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But much easier to locate on the white snow!
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The cold did not discourage us from a great day of flying!
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The nicest paint jobs on the Thing-a-ma-Jig kits!  Good job!
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Up, up and away!
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Proud of a job well done!
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We have liftoff!
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This one is neat with the fin details and nose cone as well.
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They DO look so good in the air too!
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This boy had received a Triskelion as a prize during the last session.  He built it and asked if he could launch it with his class rocket.  Well, of course you can!
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Caught just after ignition!  Great flight too!
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Back in the warm classroom, the kids are thrilled to have completed another session of rocketry!
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