NASA Offers Free Workshop on Model Rocket to Educators

As being enthusiastic in model rocket, I welcome NASA’s effort to bring more young people to this hobby:

NASA Teaches Local Educators the Basics of Rocketry


MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – Students of all ages revel in the excitement of watching a rocket blast off into space. To capture this excitement, and to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will offer educators a one-day workshop on the basics of rocketry on June 26, 2010.

WHAT: In partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., NASA Ames will offer a one-day, no-cost workshop to pre-service, in-service, and informal educators. The educators will learn the concepts behind rocket design and development, and how to incorporate these exciting topics into their classroom activities.

The Basics of Rocketry Workshop is often the first step down the thrilling path of student rocket competitions. In the future, educators may join their students at NASA Marshall where participating teams in the NASA Student Launch Initiative construct a vehicle that is designed to reach an altitude of one mile above ground level.

In addition, the Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry (LUNAR), a nonprofit club organized for the purposes of youth education and community involvement, will launch their rockets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT.

WHEN: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Rockets built by educators will launch at approximately 1 p.m.

WHERE: In the morning, classroom instruction will be held in the Ames Exploration Encounter (Building 226) at NASA Ames Research Center. Rockets will launch on the flight line between Building 158 (look for watch tower) and Hangar One.

Details: Take U.S. 101 to Mountain View and take the Moffett Blvd exit. Turn right and proceed to the NASA Ames main gate. Present a valid government-issued photo identification to the guard. To go to the launch site, proceed straight to the flight line and park in front of Building 158.

For more information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:

For more information about the NASA Student Launch Initiative, visit:

For more information about LUNAR, visit:

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