Outreach Activities

Activity: Teach a “Rockets and Composites” class

Submitted by: MIT-SEDS

Materials:

Powerpoint Presentation from a Rockets and Composites Class

Feedback Form from a Rockets and Composites Class

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Activity: Host “Rocket Day” at a local museum

Submitted by: MIT-SEDS

Materials:

Powerpoint Presentation about Rocket History and Technology

Powerpoint Presentation about the Space Industry

Instructions for Alka Seltzer Rocket-Building Activity

Instructions for Egg Drop Activity

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Activity: Water Rockets at local events

Submitted by: SEDS-UCF

Summary: We set up a booth at the Orlando Science Center Astronomy Day event, but this activity would work in almost any setting where you can go outside. Throughout the day, we had kids come up and build water bottle rockets. NASA has a great website about the basics of building the rockets and launchers if you are unfamiliar with these, and well as this guide. Just search the internet for a launcher that works for you! We had four preset “launch times”, and signs at the event advertising our launches. At launch time, we brought the rockets to the park adjoining the Science Center. We had a huge crowd watch, and we let kids come up and release their rockets. Some went as high as 30-50 feet, which ignited applause and excitement from our spectators. It was a great activity to teach kids of all ages the fundamentals of aerodynamics and getting pumped about rocketry!

Materials:

Water bottle rocket launcher

Plastic bottles

Cardboard, tape, any other decorations for your rockets

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Activity: Project presentation to local schools

Submitted by: SEDS-UCF

Summary: Is your SEDS chapter doing a project, like a rocket or satellite? Have you ever launched a rocket for a competition? This idea is the perfect way to get outreach involved in your technical projects. SEDS-UCF has made presentations to local high schools about their rocket projects. UCF contacted schools in the area and asked if they would be interested in having a group of students talk about their work on a rocket for a national competition. The group then presented basic information about how they got involved with rockets and how they made and tested their project. The high school students were really interested in SEDS and rocketry, and they asked great questions about getting involved. It’s especially helpful to have disassembled pieces or random bits you can pass around to the students. They will have a lot of questions, and this is a great way to get students interested in joining SEDS when they get to college.

Materials:

Assembled and disassembled project parts

Diagrams, simulations, CAD drawings

 

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