Sant Bani Rocketry
Model rocketry at
Sant Bani is nothing new, but we used the opportunity to bring
some new techniques and ideas into the program.
We began building
This gave the class exposure to model rocketry and the various
common components and materials. This also gave ME a
chance to see just what these kids already knew and what they
could do with regard to building and following instructions.
We followed that
up with a competition egg lofting model called the Emu
(not yet in production). This gave the kids exposure to
things like forming shrouds, tracing and cutting fins and
other more complex model building techniques.
We sprinkle in,
throughout the 4 days of building, lessons in how a model
rocket works, stability and math (in calculating the height of
a rockets flight). I also made a point of bringing in
various show-n-tell models each day to show them the wide
variety available in the sport of model rocketry. The
high point, for me, was when I wore my "Stable
T-shirt" and ALL of the kids knew right away what it
During the week we
built the tools needed to measure the elevation angle for
calculating the rockets apogee. On Friday we went out to
launch early in the period. We first flew the Emu.
Since we didn't have access to eggs, we used Easter plastic
eggs filled with water. We also measured the altitude
and recorded our findings. After the launch we retired
to the classroom to reduce our data and see how high each
model went. Due to the wide array of building skills, we
actually had a wide range of altitude differences, which was
good to see. After that we prepped our Thing-a-ma-Jig
models for a launch at the end of the class (when parents,
family and friends would be available) and went out for our
second launch in one day!
All in all,
everything went perfectly and the kids (and myself) had a
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