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Requirements - Introducing the group to rocketry:

Once you have your group selected and all fired up in anticipation of building and launching model rockets, you need to introduce them to the event.

An a minimum you will need to explain to them what model rocketry is, how it works and what to expect from the program.  These pages will help you do that.  If you have never had experience with model rocketry you should seek out a parent or other community member who has, as this can be a great addition to your program.  If you do not have access to such a person, you can review the information provided here and deliver the introduction yourself.  Really, it isn't hard at all!

Another great idea, if you have a community member who is involved in model rocketry, is to have them bring models and motors for demonstration purposes.  Other than the launch itself, nothing is more exciting than to see, hold and talk about a wide variety of models and motors as a preview of what they will be doing.

Further, if your group or class is located in the central New England area, FlisKits President, Jim Flis may be available to help present the introduction and may even be able to deliver the lesson and officiate at the launch.   This service is fee based.  Please contact Jim Flis directly for information about how he can help your program directly.

In addition to explaining model rocketry and the upcoming build, you can consider using this opportunity to teach other related topics to your group.  Topic that work well include, but are not limited to:

  • History and function of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR)
  • Team America Rocket Challenge (TARC - Best suited for Middle, Jr. High and High School)
  • History of space flight (manned and unmanned)
  • History of rockets
  • Current manned space program
  • Space Shuttle
  • Apollo program
  • International Space Station (ISS)
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You can find even more ideas in the Curriculum section of this site.

The list below provides you with links to documents (pdf files) that can serve as guidelines to preparing and delivering an introduction to your group.  You are free to use these as is, or to tailor them to your particular group and needs.

  • Introduction to model rocketry
  • POSTER: Parts of a model rocket  (Click here for 11 X 17 size poster)
  • POSTER: Model rocket in flight (Click here for 11 X 17 size poster)
  • Download a copy of the Check List

Now, let's go on to the Assembly Requirements!

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.  Our goal is to help you be successful and to have fun with your group!  You can send inquires to:

FlisKits, Inc.
Education Dept
6 Jennifer Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054

or send us an email at:



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