Requirements - Pre-Planning
Pre-Planning is the single most important step when putting
together any activity. No less so with model rocketry.
During this stage you want to ask yourself:
- Why you want to bring rocketry to your group
- What you hope to teach and/or learn through
- How you will implement your rocketry program
- Where you will deliver it (both the building
and the launching of your rockets)
- When you are going to deliver it.
As you contemplate these questions, you can apply the answers
to these pre-planning steps:
- Helper/Guest: If you do not have prior
experience with model rocketry seek out an adult or student who does. This can
greatly enhance your program
- Identify your group: Know the age, skill set
and number (size) of your group. Also identify any within your group with prior
experience and enlist them as helpers. Kids love to help out and you will appreciate
the aid. Properly identifying your group will help us and you in designing the best
program for them.
- Time frame/Schedule: Be sure to schedule
enough time for you lesson plan (if applicable), the building of the model, finishing (if
applicable), the launch and any follow up activity you are planning.
- Location: Be sure to reserve adequate space
for all of your activities including class space and building space as well as a field for
launching. When scheduling your launch field, be sure to secure permission and
verify that there will not be any other activities on the field during your launch.
- Permissions: Be sure to secure permission
from your school administration or team leaders, as appropriate, for this activity.
Don't forget permission to use the field you are considering. One of the easiest
ways to help secure permission is to invite these people to attend and even participate in
the rocketry event!
- Wrap up: Easy to forget, but keep in mind
what you hope to accomplish from this program and make that a part of your activity
Wrap-Up (either a speaker, test, homework or follow on subjects for the class/group)
- Materials: Be sure that you are ready on
start day! Order your kits, motors and launch equipment 2-6 weeks ahead of time.
Don't get stuck on start day without materials due to shipping errors or inventory
problems! Also, be sure you have everything else you need for a successful program
including building supplies, clean up materials, class lesson plans, launch equipment and
your camera (OH! Do NOT forget your camera!)
To help you with your planning and implementation, you can
download this handy Check List that
will cover each of the 6 main topics in this Requirements section!
Now, on to the Introduction
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate
to contact us directly. Our goal is to help you be successful and to have fun with
your group! You can send inquires to:
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