Physics of Stable Flight
Have fun learning about the forces and underlying physics that determine stability in rockets by seeing their effects on rockets that you will design and build during this workshop. Experience the excitement and engagement of project-based teaching and learning as you explore and apply a range of STEM knowledge and skills necessary to resolve design problems and predict the performance of your rockets.
Topics include the history of rocketry, design principles, safety, rocketry organizations and competitions, as well as the basic physics and mathematics that relate to rocketry such as Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Laws of Motion, etc. The characteristics and considerations for various kinds of rocket propulsion are discussed — from air-powered stomp rockets to ammonium perchlorate composite motors used in high-power rocketry. Other topics include cost, safety, launch procedures, regulations, locating mentors and launch sites, and other practical considerations. Participants also learn to use simulation software to test and refine the design and performance characteristics of their rockets.
What You Take Home
About the Instructor
John Chandler co-directs the Texas Tech T-STEM Center and the TTU Center for Engineering Outreach. Dr. Chandler is actively engaged in community and K-12 education outreach––developing pre-college engineering programs, curriculum, and professional development for teachers, learning enrichment activities, and other STEM education resources.
He also serves on a number of committees and advisory boards of organizations and agencies that are addressing issues related to STEM education including the Texas State Board of Education committee that developed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the new Engineering Design and Problem Solving course. He has also been a long-standing member of the State Board of Directors for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME).
- Fee: $275
- STEM-designated schools qualify for a discounted fee under a separate grant. Please contact the T-STEM office for additional details. 806.834.0384 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Limited to 15 participants
- Meals and lodging on your own
- July 22-25 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
- Classroom - College of Education
- Focus on Grade Levels: 6-12