As the launch date approaches, we are becoming more aware of what all goes into rocket science: simple things like using tape to control the output of where the foam goes. Things like this have come close to causing the students to give up too easily when they see that build process could take a turn for the worst. They’ve been working so hard.
One problem we had as a class was one of the rockets cracking because we didn’t control where the foam was going. Once we control where the foam goes then we can use more epoxy to better hold the rocket together. These simple stages of the project are most important to having a successful launch. I would hate for the students to go to the launch site and their rocket not launch successfully. This would be devastating to the students after all the hard work they put into their rockets.
It seems that spray painting just as fun for the kids as having a stable rocket. Having a pretty rocket is cool, but that doesn’t play a part in a successful launch. The students are proud of their work so far, but only time will tell if all this hard work will pay off for them.
The future is looking exciting with the advancement of technology and coding programs we can hope to add smaller, more advanced computers to rockets. There are different things that we can add to rockets to see how successful they can be when launching them. One thing we can add is a Raspberry pi, an incredibly small computer that is just as powerful as some commercial laptops. We can add modifications like, de-soldering components on the Pi to keep the battery consumption at a level where we can record our flights. This will give kids multiple jobs to do when interacting with our rockets. Some will be rocket engineers, while others will be acting as rocket programmers.
Written By: Nigel Ray