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Mad Science Rocketry Camp Description

For Children Entering Grades K to 5

This action packed week will focus solely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight. After learning the model rocket safety code, campers will build different types of rockets and participate in rocket launches during the week-long program. Children will be divided into three groups; altitude trackers, launch preparers and launchers for rocket launches and will get the opportunity to try different roles. We recommend this camp for children entering 2nd - 5th grade; however, children entering kindergarten and 1st grade will enjoy it as well with a little more help from fellow campers or instructors.

Day 1: Rocket Scientists
Campers begin their journey into the world of rocketry. They will discover the parts and functions of a rocket and learn the model rocket safety code. Children will begin building bog-roll rockets and paper tiger rockets and their own altitude trackers during this exciting introduction to model rocketry.

Day 2: Mission Control
Discover how balance and stability are important to rocket design. The altitude tracker children will make shows how high rockets fly. Children will use their feet to launch air powered rockets. Campers will become part of a launch team to assist in a rocket launch.

Day 3: Astronaut Training
Campers will learn about the history of NASA’s rocket program. They will explore what makes rockets fly, the parts of a rocket involved in flight, and how energy gets things moving! Children will make and launch mini Flying Fizzler rockets, experiment with rubber band devices, and once again join their launch teams to launch a rocket.

Day 4: Mission Recovery
Rockets can travel into space, but how are they recovered? Campers will explore the concepts of recovery systems through hands-on activities using parachutes and more. They will expand their space knowledge as they learn about Saturn and build their own model of the planet. The children will build their own Skyblazer Rocket to take home.

Day 5: Go for Launch!
The final day in this week long program will focus on rocket transportation, rocket staging and advanced rocket launches. Campers will discover the advantages of rocket staging – attaching small rockets to the tops of larger rockets, create their own version using balloons and participate in a two-stage rocket launch.


Note: We will launch rockets and your child will build several types of rockets. Our camp includes everything your child needs during our camp day. However, if you wish to continue your child’s interest in rocket launches outside our camp, you will need to purchase a launch kit from Wal-Mart or a hobby shop. 

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