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.
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.
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!
What, where, when & how much
This is a week-long, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, day program with extended care from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.. Limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds. Call (315) 773-5673 for more information.
Your lead instructor is chosen from a selection of local scientists, engineers and under graduate engineers. They are accompanied by at least one trained assistant, carefully chosen for their ability to engage the young engineer in your family!