Our local University students passed along some of their knowledge and enthusiasm to younger learners through a weekend model rocketry event.
The boys gathered to work on their Space Exploration Merit Badge requirements in a peaceful educational setting at the local scout ranch.
After some time learning about the theory and terminology, boys built their own rockets and prepared them for launch.
The scout ranch gave the boys plenty of room for their launches, so there were no concerns for “lost” payloads ending up on private property and unrecoverable by the boys.
The Texas A&M students provided guidance and safety throughout the day, giving their time to support these eager young learners. It was a hot clear day, but the boys kept hydrated and groups of both Texas A&M students and parents ensured that our scouts were kept out of harm’s way.
When the day finally concluded, all rockets had left the launch-pads at least once and the boys managed to learn something during their adventure! The TAMU Students Serving Scouting, parents and fellow scouts provided a tremendous learning opportunity to these boys. At the end of the day, we gathered up books, rockets, launch frames, and everything was readied for the next group’s adventure in learning!
STEM opportunities can arise from almost any event if you take time to prepare and to be ready to jump in to assist. Whether learning about calculating the height of a rocket’s launch using basic trigonometry or Newton’s Laws regarding the effect of changing launch mass/thrust ratios, a simple afternoon and a little gear can provide tremendous incentives to young learners as they look forward in their lives. Perhaps one of the boys here will lead explorers to Mars, pilot an aircraft, or any number of other trades of value to our Nation and the people of the world!