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Welcome to 2006!
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My second year running the Independence in the Merrimack Cardboard Boat races.  She was a fun boat!
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Billy.  The poster child for...   ...well, for SOMETHING! LOL
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Having fun building paper rockets with a local group of kids!
Boys & Girls Club
I started out teaching one class a week, for 7 weeks, at our local after school program.  This expanded out to include intermediate and advanced classes as the older kids in the program were getting tired of building the same rockets, and we had gone through all of our beginner kits.
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Here I am explaining to our group how to prep their rockets for flight.
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Something as simple as applying glue can be new to some of these kids.
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One group of Thing-a-ma-Jiggers out at the soccer fields!
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These kids do all the work as parents and I look on.  So many of these kids go on to explore rocketry on their own after these classes.
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Get a load of THAT finishing job!  I love it!
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From the bag to the air, this is a complete rocketry program!
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What I love is when the kids discover that it really DOES help to read the instructions and ask questions!
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Corona and Deuce's Wild for our more advanced kids.
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A couple of my more serious (seriously??) students.  These guys stayed with the program for several years (till they were too old, actually) and built dozens of rockets with me.
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I try to let everyone work at their own speed, while keeping the class on the same steps.  Not easy to do, but it helps when you have a mult-week program.
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The results speak for themselves.  How many other rocketry classes do you know that build something like the Deuce's Wild canted cluster kit??
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Some Triskelion kits with an attitude!  Supplying some extra parts allowed these kids to make some interesting modifications to a classic FlisKits kit.
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Showing off their creations and ready to fly!
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We have Rhino's, Deuce's, Tri-Glides, and MORE in this group!
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A proud beginner group with Thing-a-ma-Jig's ready to go!
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My kids explore parasite gliders with the Tri-Glide
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Gotta love some of the creativity shown in the finishing of these rockets!
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A group displays their Rhino's before a launch.  I always take group shots BEFORE we start loosing rockets at the launch pad... LOL
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Hooking up the launch clips.
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Learning more and more about adhesives with every class.
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In full swing!
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The Long OverDue ready to show off this rocketeers building skills!
Starting in 2005 and expanding this year, I also developed over 26 other science and craft related classes (7-8 weeks long) that I would deliver to kids in our after school program.  It was great fun!
Danville School
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What a crew!  Beginners, every one, but now with a rocket under their belt!
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Awaiting their turn at the launch pads.
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Three proud rocketeers posing for the beauty shot.
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Rocket recovery is almost as much fun as the launch!
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Micro clips.  It's a frustrating job, but somebody has to do it!
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Excitement and anticipation on their faces.
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Rocket prep with the help of the teachers.
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Almost ready to fly!
Pollard Elementary
My first, and longest lasting educational outreach effort.  As of this writing (2013), we're 11 years strong and still going!
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One of 5 classes are preped and ready to fly!  We typically have well over 90 students each year!
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A good example of the fun and exciting finishing work these kids put into their models!
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Excited and proud as punch!
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Hooking up the clips as the teacher looks on.
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Great success!
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Another excited group!
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Pink is the thing!
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Ready to go a-flying!
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The kids are always excited about rocket day!
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Looking skyward is the order of the day.
long since now, I have stopped delivering the rocket class, having the teachers do the build with the kids after a short lecture about rocketry early in the spring.  I am then invited to come out for a full day of flying, fun and excitement as teachers, parents and the younger grade kids look on.  I love it!
Shaker Lane Elementary
Littleton, MA
I was invited to do a rocket demo and talk to the kids at the Shaker Lane Elementary school.  It was great fun!  We had several demos throughout the day and the highlight was the Decaffeinator foam cup rocket.
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Large group of kids and teachers, ready for a demo on rocketry!
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We even let some of the kids do the launching (made it a lot easier to get photo's!
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With the Decaffeinator the big hit, here are some shots of her going off!
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The other launch pictures were very low quality, so we'll stick with the Decaffeinator :)
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There's a certain WOW factor with this kit!
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And the kids just love it!
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What I love are the thank you notes that often arrive weeks after the program is complets.
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These letters make my day!
CMASS
A great group to fly with.  You should check'em out!
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Just trying to have fun, I converted my old Chap-Stik to micro flight and she works great!  NO, this will NOT become a kit! LOL
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The Nanite showed her colors and went on to become a very popular Micro to the MAXX kit that has even set some NAR records!
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Billy's A.C.M.E. Spitfire.  This thing got hung up in a tree and spent the entire WINTER up there.  It was recovered in the spring and after a little repair work was flight ready again.  Tough little rocket!
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The scale Crayon rocket.  Cool stuff!
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Showing off his Cheetah!
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My proto type Adfecta turns heads at CMASS.
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The Rose-A-Roc.  The design that even Art Rose said could never be kitted due to its complexity.  Our best selling competition kit, hands down.
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Jen comes to visit our launch.  Of course, she had to pick one of the cold days!
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Can't tell if dad's helping his boy or if he is helping dad.  Well, it's all good!
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Scott shows off his "Tin Man" ACME Spitfire.
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The hot dogs at CMASS are the stuff that legends are made of (or is that nightmares...)
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Take enough pictures of rockets and you capture cato's like this!
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Scott's Tin Man ACME on a modified Deuce engine mount puts in a great show!
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The Thing-a-ma-Jig is that THING, man!
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My proto type of the upcoming Frick-n-Frack 2-stage saucer...
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Now THIS (Frick-n-Frack) really drew some attention at CMASS.
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Bill's Intergalactic Man of Space decorated up to look like...   ...well, ME LOL
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I do a lot of pumpkin carving in the fall and figured the folks at CMASS would like to see one of them.
NERRF
North East Regional Rocketry Fest
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A lucky Deuce!
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Andy Warhol would be proud!  I simply LOVE the creativity shown with the ACME Spitfire design!
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My micro converted Chap-Stik poses with Bender...
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A rack of Deuce's ready to have some fun!
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All together now!
Our 4th anniversary!
For some reason I can find NO pictures from this launch.  I know it happened as I have a picture of the darned cake!
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The only picture I can find from this event.  I gotta dig a little deeper!
NEMROC
New England Model Rocketry Convention
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Our booth at NEMROC.  Some good stuff!
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Showcasing our Micro to the MAXX line of kits.
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Dick Nelson and Steve Michaels share a chat
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Dick Nelson (Pearl River convention fame) awarded to me a large print photo he had of me returning with the carnage from a past Pearl River MODROC.  Oh the pain! LOL
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Some beautiful displays at NEMROC
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Myself with Dick Nelson and Glenn Avalear.
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At our launch we discover more upscale madness!  COOL!
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Scouts with Thing-a-ma-Jig's.  It's all good!
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Posing with her Triskelion
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Tony shows off his beautiful Corona-2 (Corona kit with the booster accessory)
That's it for 2006!  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out our other photo albums!

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