2015-2016 NSL Season
570 Students Engaged
267 Rockets Launched

Estes Rockets

Students will learn the fundamentals of rocketry, including Newton’s laws, rocket stability, and components of a rocket. Each student has the opportunity to construct and launch their own Estes model rockets using black powder motors. The students walked through the rocket assembly, while being taught proper measurement and construction techniques. The students are taught how to pack parachutes, load motors, install igniters and develop a pre-launch checklist. Finally, the students get to launch their rockets! This is a middle school favorite!
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Paper Rockets

Students will learn the fundamentals of rocketry, including Newton’s laws, rocket stability, and component of a rocket. Each student has the opportunity to construct and launch their own rocket out of only paper and tape. This activity is great for all ages and can be completed in a short amount of time!
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Circuitry – Inventors Kits

The team is excited to bring hands on circuitry lessons to our middle school students. A lesson will be given on basic circuits. Following the lesson, students will have the opportunity to get some hands on interaction by wiring their own circuits and programming a microcontroller to control their circuits. The programs can include controlling LEDs, buttons, switches, and servos.
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Circuitry - Bristlebots

The team is excited to bring hands on circuitry lessons to our elementary students. A lesson will be given on basic circuits. Following the lesson, students will have the opportunity to get some hands on interaction by wiring their own robot. The BristleBots provide an excellent level of complexity for our younger students, while still exposing them to many fundamental electrical concepts.
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Rocket Simulation

Students learn what it takes to build a high powered rocket and how simulations play an important role in design. We walk students through the basics of individual components of a rocket. Each primary component is talked about in great detail to give the students a firm understanding of the complete system. When the students have an understanding of all the pieces of a rocket, we introduce them to the OpenRocket simulation software. We walk them through the user interface, how to add components, motors, and how to simulate a flight, allowing students to estimate their rocket’s flight path and altitudes. Afterwards, they were tested to see who could design a rocket to fly the highest!
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Lego Mindstorm Programming

Every year, local students work in teams on building and programming Lego Mindstorm robots to complete specific tasks as defined by the FIRST Lego League competition. The team continually plays a role in educating students on these teams in the fundamentals of robot design and programming. The team regularly meets with the students to mentor them throughout the process. The students write programs, perform testing, and continue to tweak the programs until the robot performs the desired task.
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