Rockets in the Classroom

Rockets in the Classroom

Date(s) & Location(s):
June 17 - 21, 2024 in NCCET in Hickory, NC
Grades Eligible:
Rising  7th 8th 9th
Course Description:

Have you ever thought about how rockets fly? Or how we are going to get back to the moon on NASA’s Artemis Mission. Please join me in exploring the history, physics, and the engineering design process used by NASA rocket scientists. This program involves the design, building, and flight of various rockets. Our final flight involves your handcrafted water rocket soaring into the sky. Special guest, Dr. Douglas Knight from LR will join us on our final water rocket flight followed by a mid-powered rocket flight demonstration. You will be able to take your rockets home at the end of the course.

Jason Erkman
About The Instructor:

I am a National Board Certified Teacher and a member of the North Carolina Space Education (NCSEA) program. I have taught middle school science for 23 years, including physics, biology, genetics, and environmental sciences/water quality/stream restoration. I have coached two Teams qualifying for American Rocketry Challenge national competition, with the most successful team placing 3rd among middle schools nationally. While I focus my instruction on core scientific principles, I bring to my classroom a love of investigative and inquiry-based learning to inspire each student to observe and impact the natural world.