How to Build a Model Rocket
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Model Rocketry Resources
Resources for Educators
- NAR Teacher Resource Page
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) is the world’s oldest and largest hobby rocketry organization. Its 5600 members and 140 clubs across the US support TARC teams and a full range of other safe rocketry flying activities. The NAR provides information to educators, scholarships to student members, and grants to teachers who use rocketry in the classroom. These educator resources are described on the NAR website at http://www.nar.org/teacher.html.
- Estes Model Rocketry
Estes model rocketry is one of the most popular educational activities of teachers. What better way to introduce students to the study of aerospace and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) than to involve them in meaningful, hands-on learning experiences! For over 50 years, Estes model rocketry has proven itself in tens of thousands of classrooms as an exciting teaching aid that captures all student's interest and provides both motivation to learn and valid learning experiences.
- NASA's Adventures in Rocket Science Educator's Guide
This guide contains 25 activities designed for 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, after-school programs, and other informal education venues. Participants learn about the history and principles of rocketry and NASA's newest rockets -- Ares I and Ares V. While doing these hands-on activities, participants also learn about Hero Engines, parachutes and surface area, altitude tracking, and Newton's Laws Of Motion. Learners can also build four types of rockets and two types of egg drops.
- Teacher resources from teacher and NAR member Tom Sarradet
- NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Education Page
NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center strive to help maintain a strong American education system. They pursue this goal by nurturing students' interest in mathematics and science from elementary school through their college years, and by encouraging young people to consider careers in engineering and the aerospace industry.
Grants and Scholarships
- Brendan M. Kutler Scholarship
A $20,000 scholarship paid in $5,000 increments over four years open to all seniors participating in TARC. The scholarship honors Brendan M. Kutler, who suddenly and unexpectedly died in his sleep on December 29, 2009, at the age of seventeen. Former AmSafe CEO, Mr. Terry Lyons remarked on the scholarship: "We are establishing this scholarship in the honor of Brendan Kutler, who, along with his teammates from Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles competed in TARC in 2008, reaching the Finals and placing 13th in the nation overall. Rocketry was just one of Brendan's many diverse interests. It is in this spirit and in his honor and memory that we have established this scholarship. In an era where more often than not we hear about what is wrong with our upcoming generation, Brendan was a shining example of what is good in so many of today's young people. Through this scholarship, we hope to identify other young men and women with similar traits, values and aspirations and to help them, through education, to make a positive impact as tomorrow's leaders."
- National Space Grant and Fellowship Program
Established by Congress in 1988 and implemented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (also known as Space Grant) contributes to the nation's science enterprise by funding research, education, and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia. These consortia administer programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The consortia's 820 affiliates include 531 academic institutions and 80 businesses. Other partners include state and local government agencies, other federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, Space Grant has awarded over 12,000 U.S. citizens with tuition assistance in science, engineering, and related fields of study.
- American Association of Physics Teachers - Grants, Competitions & Awards
AAPT sponsors several grant opportunities for educators and a scholarship for an aspiring physics teacher.
- Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.
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