Family Rocket Day, 9-24-16

In the second session of a family rocket day, one family built and shot off rockets in the Discovery Lab at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. Using the rest of the Estes Gnome rockets,  three youngsters and their mother built three rockets. We then went outside to launch said rockets.

The Gnome rocket makes a good first-time project as they are easy to build and can be launched soon after completing.

I enjoy presenting these programs as it is a joy to see the little ones’ eyes light up when the rocket they’ve made launches.

-Steve

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Family Rocket Workshop at the Library

Today 5 families built and launched rockets. I chose the Gnome rocket from Estes. The Gnome is small and easy to build; it took about 20 minutes to complete the kits, and the rockets were ready for launch. The Gnome rocket uses a streamer for recovery (as opposed to a parachute).

Each family got to launch their rocket two times. The rockets went up about 800 feet and tumbled to the ground after the engine ejected the nose cone and streamer. The orange streamer made for an easy recovery.

And as a bonus, I got to launch my rocket (orange one below, from a previous rocket program) once.

A good time was had by all.

There is another family rocket program on September 24, 2016 @ 10am in the Discovery Lab.

-Steve

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