Pollard Elementary School,
Our TENTH year of launches with Pollard!
Beginning way back
in 2003 with Chris M. and nearly 100 rockets, kids and
launches, we (FlisKits and Pollard Elementary) embarked on a
journey that would help launch a thousand rockets! Well,
nearly so... Looking at past records, the official
count, by the end of this launch, was 993 kid built rockets
have taken to the air over Plaistow, NH with me at the help of
the launch field.
The first two
years with Pollard involved me running the build sessions for
all classes then returning a few weeks later to fly.
During our second year Chris invited other teachers to
participate in the build to use it as a training seminar
(train the trainer, as it were). After that, I was
invited to give a short (1 hour) lecture on model rocketry
when delivering the kits. The teachers would then do the
build with their kids without me and invite me to come back
for the launch. It's a program that has worked out very
well for 8 years now and I am sure everyone will agree it's a
A very nice
feature of this class is that it is held for the 4th grade
students and, during the launching, you will see most, if not
all, of the earlier classes (grades 1-3) as spectators.
This give them a glimpse of what they can look forward to when
they reach the 4th grade! Most of these kids had seen 3
previous launches before it became their turn at the launch
button and the excitement was palpable!
Special thanks to
teachers Vengren, Shute, Winter, and Kane
for their help with the kids and their rocketry
Not to mention a
thousand (well, maybe 993?) "High Fives" to Alexis
Vengren for taking over the reigns from Chris and keeping
this program going and growing all these years! I had a
wonderful time. The kids certainly had a wonderful time
and it looked as though all of the spectators did as well.
Enjoy this photo
album (broken up by class). If you see a photo of your
student or their rocket, you can request a copy of the
original (high res) image by sending me an email with a list
of the actual photo file name.
Click on a photo
at the left to see the full size image here.
Enjoy these photo