The West Virginia Rocketry Association and STEM Enterprises are sponsoring a 2016 summer camp on July 18-21, 2016. The 4-day rocket camp is for students in grades 7-12 and will take place at NASA’s IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC) in Fairmont. The camp will focus on rocket design, modeling and 3D CAD software, as well as building a stable and suitable rocket for the 2016-2017 challenge.
To design a rocket that can compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).
The coach/chaperone and team of 2-4 students will:
- Build and launch several types of model rockets,
- Explore rocket stability with a NASA model rocket expert,
- Be trained on RockSim, a rocket design and simulation software package
- Design and print your own rocket components using 3D CAD software,
- Learn to track your rocket altitude from WV Rocketry Association
The coach/chaperone and team will experience all the above and receive FREE materials.
- An altimeter for a rocket
- One complete TARC ready rocket that the team will build during the camp.
This unique opportunity is for 1-2 coach(s) and/or chaperones and 2-4 students to attend together and learn side-by-side. The coach/chaperone will be responsible for transporting the students to NASA’s IV&V Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, each day and will serve as a chaperone. Lunch will be provided, but teams are responsible for their own lodging and dinners (if necessary).
Who can be a TARC coach/mentor?
A coach/mentor can be a teacher, parent or professional, but you must be able to commit to:
- Attending the entire camp July 18-21, 2016 (9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily)
- Register a team at http://www.rocketcontest.org before the deadline, December 2016. Cost is $125.00.
- Meet with the team once a week (on average) from the date the challenged is released until submission of qualifying launches (approx. 5 months),
- Ensure the team (at least the 2-4 students who attend the camp) launches their rocket and are observed by a NAR member. The WV Rocketry Association runs TARC launches in Morgantown on the last Saturday of each month, with additional dates added toward the end of the season.