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Requirements - Pre-Planning

Pre-Planning is the single most important step when putting together any activity.  No less so with model rocketry.

During this stage you want to ask yourself:

  • Why you want to bring rocketry to your group
  • What you hope to teach and/or learn through this experience
  • How you will implement your rocketry program
  • Where you will deliver it (both the building and the launching of your rockets)
  • When you are going to deliver it.

As you contemplate these questions, you can apply the answers to these pre-planning steps:

  1. Helper/Guest: If you do not have prior experience with model rocketry seek out an adult or student who does.  This can greatly enhance your program
  2. Identify your group: Know the age, skill set and number (size) of your group.  Also identify any within your group with prior experience and enlist them as helpers.  Kids love to help out and you will appreciate the aid.  Properly identifying your group will help us and you in designing the best program for them.
  3. Time frame/Schedule: Be sure to schedule enough time for you lesson plan (if applicable), the building of the model, finishing (if applicable), the launch and any follow up activity you are planning.
  4. Location: Be sure to reserve adequate space for all of your activities including class space and building space as well as a field for launching.  When scheduling your launch field, be sure to secure permission and verify that there will not be any other activities on the field during your launch.
  5. Permissions: Be sure to secure permission from your school administration or team leaders, as appropriate, for this activity.   Don't forget permission to use the field you are considering.  One of the easiest ways to help secure permission is to invite these people to attend and even participate in the rocketry event!
  6. Wrap up: Easy to forget, but keep in mind what you hope to accomplish from this program and make that a part of your activity Wrap-Up (either a speaker, test, homework or follow on subjects for the class/group)
  7. Materials: Be sure that you are ready on start day!  Order your kits, motors and launch equipment 2-6 weeks ahead of time.   Don't get stuck on start day without materials due to shipping errors or inventory problems!  Also, be sure you have everything else you need for a successful program including building supplies, clean up materials, class lesson plans, launch equipment and your camera (OH! Do NOT forget your camera!)

To help you with your planning and implementation, you can download this handy Check List that will cover each of the 6 main topics in this Requirements section!

Now, on to the Introduction 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

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