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What we do!

Children are grouped into teams of two. Everyone has a buddy. They start right off learning about the parts of a rocket and discover what makes it fly. We then go over mission objectives. This forms the basis for designing a rocket with the materials provided. No previous model building experience is necessary. Returning rocketry participants or those with model rocket experience can go for a two stage rocket.

“She (her daughter) had a terrific week and was full of stories and enthusiasm each day when she came home.”
-the Workman family


Hands on activities, games and competitions are used to keep everyone engaged and on task. And best of all, its a blast!

Each child designs, builds, tests and flies his or her own rocket. Rocket designs must be approved by the lead instructor. Your child uses rocket design simulation software to test different designs, motors and flight conditions. This design software is the real deal, used by professional engineers to design rockets for scientific research. The only difference is that it has been configured for use by young people.

“Edge on Science has been a wonderful experience for my grandson, Dylan. He has enjoyed every minute of it.”
-Carole Bradley, grandmother

The model rockets are built out of lightweight cardboard tubes, plastic nose cones and balsa fins. This challenges your child because the components can be modified to satisfy mission objectives.

Your child has the option to add a payload bay to their rocket. This can be used to launch a small payload. Various materials are made available to construct a payload bay.

During the design, construction and simulation, team members are encouraged to confer and help each other out.

Everyone comes up with flight predictions for their rocket. On launch day, these predictions are compared with actual flight data.

Be sure to invite your friends and family to the rocket launch on the fifth day!

In addition to the take-home rocket that is described above, teams make water rockets out of two liter soda bottles. These are flown in a number of different configurations to meet different objectives. The possibilities are endless and imaginations run sky-high!

And it doesn’t end there. Your child gets to pore over a one third scale Nike Smoke sounding rocket, modeled after the one NASA used to study the upper atmosphere for the Apollo space program. We will check the strength of the motor mount and then run a series of computer simulations, with different amounts of solid fuel.

“Oh gosh. It just sounded like fun. He (her son) was thrilled. He had a blast. And he got on the phone and called his grandfather, who is an engineer actually. And they started talking. I heard them in the other room using words …altitude, calculations and that was just after the first day. He was just happy.”
-Elizabeth Merritt, parent

Program leader

Your lead instructor is engineer, John Aviste. Student to instructor ratio of 7:1 or less.

What, where, when & how much

Gann Academy, Waltham MA $675 Registration is closed for this session. See you next year! To fuel your child’s interest in applied science and engineering, opt in from our home page to receive short, original, authoritative articles and news about upcoming events. 🌞 Share this with a friend.

Watertown NY

Jefferson Community College (JCC), Watertown NY $350 half-day

 Scholarships are available. Call 315-486-2289 to apply for one.

● August 14-18
● week-long Monday to Friday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. program
● limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds

Call (315) 786-2233 to register for JCC!

Their office is open Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..