Summer Rocket Blast Off
What we do!
Children are grouped into teams of two. Everyone has a buddy. We start right off learning about the parts of a rocket and discover what makes it fly. Then we 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 has been adapted from an application used by professional engineers to design rockets for suborbital scientific research.
“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
“Our daughter had a terrific week at Summer Rocket Blast Off. It looks like we’ll be setting aside shop area for rocket building!”
-Westford MA, parent
Your lead instructor will be an engineer, scientist and/or scholar. Student to instructor / assistant ratio of 7:1 or less.
What, where, when, how much & registration
Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA ● 2019 summer registration opening soon
St. Lawrence University, Canton NY ● stay tuned!
● Week-long Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. program
● Optional extended care 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $40 per session and/or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $90 per session
● Optional gourmet bagel sandwich lunch, including a fresh side, gourmet cookie & drink $65
● Limited to 14 children, rising 5th to 9th grade