“The Zone” is an event that will also include a collection of educational entertainment activities, which will take place on 23-24 September at the Dumbrăvița House of Culture, as part of the TGIFF film festival. Among other things, there will be a series of practical workshops for children and teenagers.
Today I present you the model rocket workshop.
The model rocket workshop is a predominantly practical educational activity and is dedicated to learning how model rockets (model rockets) are made and how they work.
Trainer: Harald Singer, amateur rocket modeller
Age: for children over 7 years old.
Maximum capacity: 25 children. Places are filled in order of registration.
Workshop registration: on site
Duration: approximately 60 minutes
Location: the main hall of the House of Culture in Dumbrăvița
Date: Saturday 23 September, 11.00 a.m.
Contents of the workshop
What are rockets?
[ Video presentation ]
History of rockets
Here would go the story of the Chinese emperor who wanted to reach the moon
The Middle Ages, Konrad Haas
Modern era – Tsiolkovsky, Hermann Oberth, Laica, Gagarin, Armstrong
Parts of a rocket
[ Presentation based on a Saturn V model ]
Physical basis of jet flight
[ Demo of a filled balloon being released to fly ]
to go forward, something has to go in the opposite direction.
example with boat on lake + rocks
example with astronaut in space station
What is a rachetomodel?
Let’s start with a simple analogy: “Just like we have toy cars before we have a real car, scientists make model rockets before they make the big ones!”
[ Content: Model rocket launch video ]
Types of model rockets
Stomp: these rockets fly when you step on them!
Drinking straw rockets: just a piece of paper and a straw, and they fly!
Water rockets: these use water and air pressure to fly
Proper model rockets: these are like LEGO sets, but for rockets. We assemble them and they fly.
Why do they fly?
Stomp: our foot pushes air into the rocket, making it fly!
Straw rockets: our breath gives the thrust!
Water rockets: air pressure from a pump and water makes it soar
Kit rockets: use special fuel – just a little – to fly
“Even if they are small, we should always be careful.”
“Never point a rocket at someone.”
“Always have an adult around”
Let the children build their own straw rockets and have a ‘flying competition’.
Demonstrate with a micro-stomp rocket
On a frame (fixed – no flying) attach a model with a combustion engine and fire it up (a bit of smoke, flame and boom!).
Presentation of various physical components
[ children will be able to pick them up and have them explained to them ]
“Before we do big things, we learn with the little ones.”
“Model rockets teach us about how rockets work and help us prepare for bigger adventures.”
Question and answer session
A time for children to ask questions. They usually have some very creative ones!