had both of our launches!
the bottom of the photo album for the launching of the Rhino
kits with the beginner class!
to both groups and a special note to the skill and imagination
of the advanced group for designing and building 4 incredibly
beautiful and fully functional model rockets!
session, Academy for Science and Design 2013
Back to the
Academy for more rocketry! YEAH!
This year we have
a beginner class as well as a small advanced class. The
beginner class will be assembling and flying the Rhino
kit. We had one (of the 14 signed up) who had built the
Rhino in a previous class so I gave him the Triskelion to
The advanced class
has 4 members, 3 of whom have been in many of my other
rocketry (beginner and intermediate) classes in the
past. The goal this session is to provide each student
with their own, custom collection of rocketry parts with the
directive to design their own rocket using only the parts
provided. The added complexity (above and beyond just
designing a flyable model rocket) is that each design must
include a detailed documentation set (scale drawings, full
size and labeled fin patterns, detailed parts lists and any
special instructions. The goal here is that they should
be able to give their design to another rocketeer and have
them able to build it from their documentation. The
other complexity is that, before our session ends, they need
to apply the Barroman equations to their designs and show me
where they Center of Pressure is on their rockets, proving
stability before we go to the launch field. As the only
after school activity that includes homework, these kids are
chomping at the bit to get into the complexity of real rocket
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