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ACT 101: Rocketry & Launch Systems

Course will consist of lectures, lab (3D printing & construction), and field trip (launching of
students’ designed rockets). Students will learn to design rockets, build propulsion and
launch systems.

Students will learn Newton’s laws of motion as it relates to rocket propulsion as well as design and build their own model rocket. The initial design will be a single engine model before moving on to multiple engine designs. 

Students will mathematically calculate the weight of the assembled rocket and compare to the actual weight. They will also calculate the weight to thrust ratio to ensure the rocket will actually launch. They will calculate the cost of the rocket based upon cost data provided by the instructor. 

Students will also have an opportunity to design a custom fuselage nose cone, which they can then use a 3-D printer to fabricate.

Upcoming Class:

Will take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:05PM to 3:05 PM, starting on Aug 9, 2023.


⦁ High School Students
⦁ Strong in math and science.
⦁ Written recommendation required from mathematics and/or science teacher.


Mr. Greg Hill

Mr. Hill has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Purdue University. He is a private pilot and the current President of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1354. Member of the National Rocket Association. He was a design engineer for National Semiconductor Corporation.

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