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All ready for the first 2 classes, I have the motors out (A8-3) as well as the igniters and plugs separated and ready to go!
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Class 1 of 4.  Beautifully built and finished Thing-a-ma-Jig models ready to show their stuff!
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The kids prep their parachutes.  I think they were rather surprised at having to do all of the prep work themselves.  I explained at the very beginning that I was just a spectator today...
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Some understood and did the job quickly, some needed help.  In the end, all of the parachutes were carefully folded and inserted into the models!
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Of course, there was the matter of all of those strings, lines and cords to deal with now...
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Lastly we inserted the igniters into the motors and installed the motors into the models.
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First done is the first to cheer!
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Going to the launch pad in pairs, the first two kids pose with their models.
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From start to finish, we had a great day of perfect flights...
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...and great recoveries!
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Buds in the world of aerospace!
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They clearly know what they are doing too, as is evident by this perfect boost!
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and a hands-on approach to recovery too!
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Little hands, high hopes!
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Proud of their work, they await the order to launch!
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We have ignition!
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The Thing-a-ma-Jig has cleared the launch tower!
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We have visual on the capsule!
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we cool
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5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1
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A spectator looks on as recovery is close at hand.
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I missed the next launch but got a good recovery shot!
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Anything boys can do, I can do better!  I can do anything better than them!
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Hey!  Look at MY camera, not your teachers!
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Missed the launch shot, but recovery was right in the launch area!
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Great shot showing the Launch Officer (center of table in black t-shirt) along with the rest of the class looking on.
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Perfect timing on recovery!
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This years group sported some of the most colorful rockets ever!
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Kids discover that the louder you count down the higher it DOES fly! (well, not really, but it was fun!)
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I got you, my pretty!
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What'd'ya say, after the launch we go back to the luau.
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Off we go, into the wild blue (gray?) yonder!
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Tie-dye and guitars, a rocker group!
NOTE: While trying to get these launches off the launch controller failed.  With the class running late and the next class ready to go I spent a few minutes trying to trouble shoot it.  I finally decided, to get things moving again, to strip wires from a spare cord and created a quick set up such that I would touch a wire to a contact in a cord hooked up to the battery.  For this reason, I performed the rest of the launches for this and the next class and could not get any launch pictures...
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Our last of the first class.
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The second class is primed and ready to learn the next phase of model rocketry, LAUNCHING!
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With the modified cord set we could only do one pad at a time.  The following pictures shows each student with their rocket, but no launch pix.  I did capture a few recovery pix though!
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Lacrosse and rocketry, what a combination!
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One of the most difficult parts for many kids is getting the micro clips to cooperate... LOL
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Are we having fun, yet??
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A great launch with recovery in the infield!
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I love the creative paint jobs on these rockets!
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Thumbs up for a great time!
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The smiles were contagious today!
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Focus.  FOCUS...!
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2009 State Champ is now a rocketeer!
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Masking tape on a broken fin holds it in place while the glue does its job.
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Yeah, these kids had a great time.  So did I!
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hhmmm, Sport basketball, sport baseball, sport football, sport soccer and now, sport rocketry!
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Good recovery was the rule of the day!  We didn't loose a SINGLE rocket!
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Holding the fin to keep the darned thing from spinning around as he hooks up the clips.
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He got his color scheme from his t-shirt, I'm guessing...
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The name is Bond.  James Bond.
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Dive! Dive! DIVE!
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I love the color add with the green nose cone.
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Great positioning, just waiting for the rocket to drop into his hands.
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The "Food" rocket.  Meant to help the hungry or a clue for rocket eating trees...?
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Great landing right in the diamond!
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Miss Pink Sleeves focuses on her finger tips as she hooks up the clips!
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Polka dots rule today!
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Camo kid and Easter egg rocket!  What a combo!
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Polka dot splatter looks good!
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Close up showing the clips hooked up to the igniter.
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Aeropostal...   ...Is this a MAIL rocket??
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Well, this picture is a bit fuzzy.  Kinda like his hair!
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Even their teacher got into the fun with her own rocket!
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With a great near-field landing too!
After the 2nd class I had a 2 hour lunch until the next 2 classes.  I used this time to open up the controller box to see what I could do.  The launch switch was toast but the continuity switch was still working.  Some quick snips of wire, a little tape and I had it re-wired so that the continuity switch was the launch switch, though we were no longer able to check continuity.
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Class #3 rev'ed and ready to go!
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Packing parachutes was our first task.  We then preped and installed the motor!
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With the repaired controller, we are able to return to the 2-pad format to keep things moving more quickly.
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And we're back to flying!
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Caught at the moment of ignition!
Ok, this has been a rough day...  With the launch controller all fixed it looked like we were ready to finish the day out in style.  After this last launch my camera batteries died...  I was able to get one more pix and saved that for the group shot for class #4 (below).  Sorry about that!
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Class #4 was the loudest group (FUN!) and also seemed to have the most problem with their parachutes!  All launched and landed safely and all had a great time!
I apologize for the problems encountered with the controller and my camera.  The good news is that the school had a photographer out there for the whole day and I am sure that she got some great photos!
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