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Engine mount complete, we now are working on the Thing-a-ma-Jig Jig-Tech fin unit.
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Testing the assembly without glue at first, they then add glue and complete the assembly
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Glue application
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The bane of many a rocketeer, the parachute!
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With the engine mount installed, we pack the chutes up and install them into the models.
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As bad as parachute assembly seems to be, the packing of all of the shock lines and cords tends to task the kids even more!
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Everyone has their own best technique for this task!
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Proud of their first rocket assembly!
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Within minutes of finishing the Thing-a-ma-Jig, we move on to the Emu and begin by cutting out the large body shroud
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I emphasized the need, with this model, of careful cutting and gluing and taking their time.
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Here they are learning the technique of getting a curl into a shroud by rubbing on the underside of the table
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Not really a difficult technique, but one that takes practice.
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With the main body formed, the kids now cut out and form the inner body shroud.
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Next up is tracing, then cutting the fins from the thin plywood supplied with the kit.
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These kids did very well with some very complex steps!
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Andrew, when not needed for rocketry, works on Lego stuff for tomorrow.  Andrew is an accomplished TARC competitor as well!
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Back to making parachutes for the second day!
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Yeah, by now they are getting tired of these things too... LOL
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Overall view of the science lab.  You can see today's show-n-tell models in the foreground.
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We had extra time on Thursday so we decided to get some paint on the Thing-a-ma-Jig models!
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This was the most fun for the kids (who doesn't like to paint??)
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Everyone was getting into it!
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And the results speak for themselves.  Wonderful!
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Out on the range, the kids learn how to prepare an egg lofting model for flight!
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Proud egg lofter display their models, ready for flight!
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First up, hooking up the clips.  We have one classmate 200 feet away ready to take readings on altitude.
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Hooking up the clips proves a challenge, but not that hard.
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Ready to go!
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We even have our own "peanut gallery" as other students look on.
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First flight turned out to also be the best of the day!
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Start to finish, simply perfect!
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Second flight was marginally stable due to a bad fin joint.
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Proud of his work and happy to be flying!
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Great flight!
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The last two ready with their rockets.
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One good flight...
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...after another!
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Back to the classroom, we take our NAR safety test!
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You could easily tell who read the literature and who didn't.  I think some of them thought I was kidding about a test! LOL
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Back to work as we prepare our Thing-a-ma-Jig models for flight.
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They're getting good at packing that chute!
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Nearly ready to go.
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Proud and excited rocketeers ready to fly
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First two up!
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We had 100% perfect success with the Thing-a-ma-Jig flights!
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Up and down, it was all good!
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Great flight!
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More hamming it up for the camera!
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But for good reason!
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This one landed very close to the launch area.  You can see family and friends on the hill.
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Last student flight of the day (and for the program)
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Great flight too!
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As a bonus, I flew the Decaffeinator on an E9-4 motor.
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Perfect flight and recovery, much to the delight of everyone present!
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