Rockets are a great way to blend the basics of aerodynamics, physics, and fun! In this introductory class we'll look at basic rocket design and understanding the forces at play that dictate how well rockets perform, then we'll test this knowledge by making a few different types of rockets and launching them!
This class is aimed at the budding rocket enthusiast, and aims to keep things accessible by using mostly household items to create our own rockets. The class culminates with making and launching a solid fuel rocket, capable of achieving altitudes that would make any astronaut dizzy.
Strap in, Cadet, we're about to shoot for the stars!
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Lesson 1: Tools + Supplies
Dip your toes in the science behind what a rocket is and how it works. We'll cover the basics of rocket design and look at the supplies we need for this class.
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Lesson 2: Stomp Rockets
Apply basic rocket principles to a simple stomp rocket with big results. This lesson will demonstrate the basics of design and propulsion which we'll see in all future rockets we create.
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Lesson 3: Pump Rocket
Taking our knowledge to the next level, the pump rocket improves upon the simple designs we started with and produces crowd-pleasing results.
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Lesson 4: Model Rockets
Get ready to blast off by making and launching a solid fuel rocket, reaching hundreds of feet.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!