Model Rocket build and launch
It seems that my
work at the Academy for Science and Design is desired and
respected as they have asked me to return for yet another
session! We were originally looking to do two groups,
intermediate and experienced. Our goal here was to
continue to move the kids forward and to make sure that kids
who have already done some rocketry with me are met with new
challenges to keep them interested.
However, we only
had 2 kids sign up for the advanced program. This
concerned me until I discovered the reason. It seems
that the older kids (the ones who did the intermediate program
from the last session) were preparing for the end of the
school year and had to focus their energies on things like scholastic
work, grades, tests and studies. Now THAT'S dedication!
So, we decided to
run an intermediate program and include anyone (beginners too)
who wanted to join. Normally I wouldn't allow beginners
into a more advance program, but we also had the two advanced
kids signing up so I knew I would have some help. With
the number of weeks we have, in addition to the help provided
by the more advanced kids, we have no problems bringing the
newer kids up to speed in understanding the little nuances of
model rocketry construction. They've all been a great
help and a joy to teach.
We have about 7
weeks with 90 minutes per class. This gives us enough
time to go over some more of the science of what makes rockets
work to including painting and some level of detailing as
well. This session will be building the D-Nelson
Tomahawk kit. Things the kids will learn with this kit
include tracing and cutting of fins from balsa stock, cutting
and forming paper shrouds, cutting body tubes and sealing tube
ends and more.
As of this
writing, we have joined the two body tubes, formed and
attached the paper shroud and attached the fins to the fin
tubes. We should finish the assembly next week and make
plans for painting. Parents are
encouraged to contact me should they want a high resolution
picture of their child from this photo album.
Click on a photo
at the left to see the full size image here.
Enjoy these photo