FREE Model Rocket Kits Available to groups + registration for "Launch into Rocketry" 4-H event
We are the Morris County 4-H rocket team who have qualified to compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative this year. As part of the requirements, we have to fulfill for the STEM engagement part of the project, we would like to offer 250+ rocket kits to NJ groups. With these kits, we hope to spark interest in rocketry, spark more TARC teams, have more rocketry clubs, and help enhance the experience for existing rocket or STEM clubs.
Each Packet will be shipped directly to you and includes*:
A 12 pack of rocket kits (Estes Gnome rockets with one-piece fin part for easy assembly)
12 Estes mini engines
* multiple packs can be requested
You will also receive, in an email from us, a STEM education packet containing:
Our videos and information on how to build a rocket
Our STEM lesson about rocketry
link to the free simulation software
links to more NASA STEM lessons
Information on how to get High Power Junior Level 1 Certification
Information about how to start your own rocketry club or American Rocketry Challenge team
This would be great as a group project to start new members on how to build a rocket (including lessons on rocket parts, rocket design/building and launch information, as well as STEM lessons to be used throughout the year) or just for a one-time hands-on activity at an event. And maybe more NJ teams will be able to compete in the American Rocketry Challenge (TARC), NASA SLI, or other national competitions in the future.
Because of generous funding from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, we are able to make the kits available for free.
The only things you would need are:
Super glue, epoxy, sandpaper, and decorative material
A launch site (please ask us for details on finding your own or contacting one of the existing sites)
Launch pad, launch controller (if you are not using the rockets at an open launch event where this would be provided)
You can buy an Estes launch pad and controller for $40 (This is a great investment for future rockets as well) and you're able to launch at any open field that you have permission to use.
There are some public launch sites that anyone can go to, however they only fly once a month, you must abide by their rules, and pay a launch fee. These may be quite far from you, but you get to fly with other rocketeers and may see some really exciting launches.
GSSS Launch Schedule - Somerset County, only small rockets
PARA520 - Philadelphia, only small rockets
CENJARS - Wall, mid sized rockets
MDRA – Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association - East Maryland - very large rockets
Our club may also be able to host your members for a launch, please reach out to us if interested.
Please fill out this form to register for the program and request your rocket kits: https://forms.gle/An5xBBRY9HL3o5fY6
The only thing we are asking in return is for you to use the package and fill out a report form and submit photos of your event before March 1st: https://forms.gle/hoZRbqLZ2q71xwkR8
Please take a look at the report form before your event so you know what information to collect.
Since we are doing this for the first time this year, our timeline is very tight. We need to have our report completed by March 1, so we will give priority to groups who can use the package in February. Additionally, we only have funding for a limited number of rocket kits; we will let you know if you receive one. However, everyone will receive our education package. and is invited to join the "Launch into Rocketry" virtual event - see attached flyer.
If you only partially complete the program by March 1st, please submit the report form the best that you can and update it when you're done.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our passion for rocketry and for helping us succeed in this challenge!
You can follow our team's progress with the NASA SLI project on our website and social media:
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Sean McConoughey, Team Captain and Club President, ResistoJets Rocketry 4-H Club
4-H Office, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963
973-285-8301 Britt Wagner @ firstname.lastname@example.org