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Introduction to Rocketry:
The Science of Stable Flight

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Price: $50.00

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More workshop dates will be announced in the fall of 2007.

Experience the fun of learning science by building your own small-scale model rockets.

Design, build and launch rockets as you use hands-on learning to explore fundamental scientific concepts including Newton's Laws and Bernoulli's Principle. Maximize flight performance as you learn to use RockSim rocket simulation software to improve your rocket design.

Participants receive all rocket kits and supplies for the workshop, a license of RockSim software, activity sheets and three rocket kits to demonstrate workshop activities in the classroom.


What you take home


Who hasn't dreamed of building a rocket? Who, as a child, hasn't imagined exploring the most distant reaches of outer space in a craft of their own design and creation? Who has watched the launch of a Space Shuttle mission and dreamed about being part of the team of engineers who make it possible?

But who knows all about that rocket science stuff in the first place? Right?

Teacher running a rocket simulation on a computer

We can help. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to design and build stable, reusable rockets. You’ll learn a bit of the history of rockets from the earliest fireworks invented in ancient China to the Space Shuttle and beyond.

Will you get to build a rocket with your own hands?

No. You’ll get to build three rockets with your own hands!

The first will be “The Rocket of Your Dreams!” Everyone knows what a rocket is supposed to look like, right? Of course. We'll give you the necessary materials and supplies to build a rocket that looks exactly the way you think a rocket should look. Then you’ll get to launch that rocket and see how well your intuition lines up with the Science of Stable Flight.

Next, you’ll learn the Science of Stable Flight and apply your new knowledge to build a rocket that is guaranteed to be super-stable and fly perfectly.

Your third rocket will be built for a specific mission using the scientific principles you’ve learned. The mission will be announced during the seminar. And who knows, there might even be a little bit of competition thrown into the mix as well.

There will be a post-flight analysis after each launch. We’ll talk about what went right, what went wrong, and ways to improve both performance and construction techniques.

In addition to the knowledge of the Science of Stable Flight and the experience of building and improving your own stable, successful rockets, you will also receive lesson plans, course materials, and web resources to use in your classrooms. Plus, you’ll get to learn and use RockSim, one of the best rocket design tools on the planet.

Schedule of Topics

Day 1

Welcome to Texas Tech. Unpack, stretch your legs and get ready for a hands-on week connecting space with engineering.

  • Check-in
Day 2
  • History of Rockets and Rocketry
  • Begin discussing rocketry, course materials and lesson plans
  • Design and begin construction of rocket #1: "The Rocket of Your Dreams"
Day 3
  • Finish rocket #1
  • Launch
  • Post-flight Analysis
  • Introduction to the Science of Stable Flight: the Barrowman Equations
  • Continue discussion of rocketry, course materials and lesson plans
Day 4
  • Introduction to RockSim computer simulation software
  • Design and construct rocket #2
  • Continue discussion of rocketry, course materials and lesson plans
Day 5
  • Launch
  • Post-flight Analysis
  • Design and construct rocket #3
  • Continue discussion of rocketry, course materials and lesson plans
Day 6
  • Launch
  • Post-flight Analysis
  • Finish discussion of rocketry, course materials and lesson plans
  • Evaluations

About the Instructor

Lynn Bryant is a retired Mechanical Engineer turned engineering instructor at Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas.

In 2005, students from Estacado High School launched a 10-foot-tall rocket that broke the sound barrier. Lynn was instrumental in guiding students through the design process and designing the lessons behind the project.

Lynn is a Level 3 member of the Tripoli Rocketry Association and an avid rocket enthusiast.