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We've had both of our launches!
Check out the bottom of the photo album for the launching of the Rhino kits with the beginner class!

Congrats 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!

Winter 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 build. 

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 design!

Click on a photo at the left to see the full size image here.

Enjoy these photo albums!  

Jim

 

rockets! ROCKETS! lookit all the rockets!
"FlisKits make the best kits!"
TM

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