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4-H Endowment Program August Rocketry Class

4-H Endowment Program August Rocketry Class

By Patrick Pulis

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4-H Endowment Program August Rocketry Class

In August, youth all around Weld County learned about Rockets and the science it takes to have them lift off. Youth get a chance to learn about flight and the stability of fins and wings as they make their straw rockets and test them. Their goal is to land them into the targets with the center target being the moon. They make adjustments to the angle of launch, the weight of their rocket, and how much force is applied to propel these tiny objects. The next step is to advance in Rocket Science and make a little more sophisticated rocket and launch them in our own PVC built rocket launcher. They build the core stage and add rocket boosters and finally the command module. They learn what each part of the rocket does and they get to label them. After stickers are applied and they are all colored in then it is time to take the test flight. They place the rocket on the end of the PVC and jump on the 2-liter bottle and watch them fly. One young girl made us all laugh when she said: “I’m going to make my Rocket break the world record…or should I say moon record”.