Fourth and fifth grade AIG students traveled to UNC-Charlotte on March 19th for an exciting introduction to rocket science, presented by the university’s award winning Senior Design NASA Launch Team and Rocketry Club. The Club members highlighted the importance of diverse engineering fields in the development, design, and construction of rockets, and followed with an exhibit of rocket components essential to successful launch and recovery. After the presentation, design engineers directed AIG students in the construction of bottle rockets, outlining the significance of mass, drag, and balance in a rocket’s launch success.
The most exciting activity of the day was the actual launch event, held in an open courtyard behind the UNC-C Motorsports Engineering Laboratory. All AIG students participated in the successful launch and recovery of their rockets. After lunch at the Student Union, students returned to the Duke Centennial Engineering building for a presentation by the UNC-C 2014 First Place robotics team, a four-man engineering cohort.
Students are now prepared to delve into rocket science and model rocket building in the AIG classroom. During the last week of April or first week of May, they will conduct their own launch day at their respective schools, with Mrs. Freeman serving as control and launch supervisor.