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Launch Excitement

Rocketry is one way to ignite your students passionate interest in your subject. If you are a science, math, or technology teacher, you may use rocketry as an educational component in your classroom. If you are a SEMAA, MESA, or other STEM facilitator, you can use rocketry to capture the imaginations of your students and launch a life-long interest in science and technology. Science enrichment adds excitement to any classroom! Building and launching model rockets is an easy and stimulating introduction to these interests.

In 2010, LCPS put out the word to all teachers that STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) is a top priority in our classrooms. The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) offers a free STEM-TARC Model Rocketry Curriculum package. We offer a download Educator Kit which will give you an introduction to classroom rocketry and the hobby.

In addition to the educational resources we share here, we encourage you to contact our education coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You will be pleased to learn just how easy and rewarding it is to incorporate rocketry into your curriculum. You might even find a new activity that you can enjoy on your own time with your family.

Local Resources

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NM Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA).

NMSU RASSI/Summer Projects. RASSI camps are conducted in the summer offering students in high school an opportunity to explore STEM through hands-on, engaging activities.

The Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SNM SEMAA) is a collaboration of NASA, New Mexico State University Colleges of Education and Engineering, Gadsden Independent School District, Las Cruces Public Schools, parents, and volunteers.

New Mexico Space Academy summer science camps, are held at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM. Sessions are conducted throughout the Museum complex and at various local field trip sites (field trips are designated for certain age levels only).

NASA Resources

These links are to NASA and affiliated agency resources for educators.

Beginner's Guide to Rockets is a NASA guide to most aspects of the physics and math of rocketry.

The NASA Student Launch Initiative or SLI, involves middle and high school students in designing, building and testing reusable rockets with associated scientific payloads.

NASA Rocketry Workshops: Students of all ages are fascinated by rockets. Use that interest to engage your students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, concepts behind rocket design and development.

Adventures in Rocket Science Educator GuideThis 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.

The NASA Educator Resource Center at New Mexico State University.

On the Web

Apogee Components' Rocketry for Educators, tips on teaching with rocketry, background technical information about model rockets, and lots more.

The Estes Educator site has classroom materials and complete packages for bringing rocketry into you classroom.

The Quest Aerospace Resource Central page has downloadable packages for the classroom.

Resources for Teachers and Youth Group Leaders at the National Association of Rocketry.

Rocket and Space Technology includes tutorials on rocketry & orbital mechanics as well as specifications of many rocket systems worldwide.

The Fly Rockets! website is a great source of information on all aspects of rocketry.

RocketPedia, by Rocket Mavericks is an educational/research Wiki on student rocketry projects.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 July 2012 10:07
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