The first of hopefully many school rocketry challenges took place at Ambury Regional Park, Mangere Bridge, Auckland on Sunday 25th November 2012 after a few prior delays due to bad weather. The competition was limited to years 7 and 8 and ten school teams were entered, each team with multiple members, and some schools entering more than one team. The aim of the challenge was to build and launch a rocket containing an uncooked egg to as close a height of 150 metres as possible and then retrieve the rocket by parachute with the egg intact. A standard “D” size rocket motor was supplied and each of the teams had two launch attempts. Some of the eggs came back to Earth in a scrambled state but many made it back safely! Congratulations to Diocesan who had unbeatable launches of 156m and 147m respectively. Tauranga Intermediate placed 2nd and Baradene College was 3rd.
Some members of the NZRA recently participated in the kids TV programme, Let’s Get Inventin’. The show itself will be screened on TV2 on 7 February 2010. Several rockets were launched from the site at Taupiri and it was an excellent opportunity to show young people what a great experience rocketry can be.
We started over a year ago at Wairoa College with the aim of using rocket science as a means of improving the motivation of young men.
Some of these earlier guys had real educational issues, so the idea was put forward to compare the results of the experimental group (rocket boys) with young men learning the theory only in a physics class. If the rocket boys were a success then there would be evidence of improved academic performance across the board, and real life models could help do the job.
Feel free to use this A4 poster for your student notice board.