Fitchburg High School
A few years ago I
did a large scale rocketry program with the STEM
program. The program was a great success and I received
a lot of great feedback from them. The only downside of
that program was that we were unable to launch our models.
One of the teachers involved in that STEM effort saw the
classes and heard the feedback and realized she wanted to
bring such a program to her group of kids through the Mt.
Wachusett community college.
We worked out the
details of a unique program that would fit their needs.
Basically, two groups (one younger and one older) with each
class taking up 4 hours on a Saturday. The two groups
would then meet during Christmas recess to launch their models
As of this writing, that launch is two days away!
The way the class
was set up included a lunch break in the middle. We
built the Rhino kit and I used our schedule to best advantage
by getting the engine mounts assembled early. We also
did part 1 of the fin "Double Glue" method where we
apply glue to the fin root and press it on to the model (on
the fin line) then remove it, allowing the glue on the fin and
the body to dry before continuing. Rather than having to
sit and wait for the glue to dry, we would then adjourn for
lunch and come back ready to finish the assembly. This
schedule worked perfectly!
Also, the longer
building session allowed for some lecture with respect to
rocket safety, stability and even a large segment (scattered
throughout the day) or show-n-tell. All in all the
classes went very well and I am looking forward to the launch.
Keep watch here for the launch pictures as soon as I can get
Select the class
you wish to view from the choices on the left.
Enjoy these photo