Taking flight into
Aerospace Engineering

Have you ever wondered how planes fly or what it means to be a rocket scientist? Intro to Aerospace will teach you the fundamentals of aerospace engineering as well as the engineering design process. Students will learn everything from how planes and helicopters fly to Newton’s Laws of Motion and then use this knowledge to complete realistic engineering design challenges.

Each student will get to build, decorate, and launch a model rocket that will go hundreds of feet in the air! You'll even get to keep the rockets that you build (if you don’t lose them).

You'll also design and build a 3 different balsa wood gliders from scratch, utilizing your knowledge of wing theory, flight stability, aerospace structures, and an iterative engineering design process to optimize your design. And when you're done you'll compete in the on-going glider competition against all of the previous, current, and future Techsplorers students.

Students will work in groups to design and build a water bottle rocket and a lunar lander that will allow “astronauts” (a raw egg) to land safely on the ground without falling out of an unmodified “space capsule” (paper cup). These activities allows students to experience a realistic engineering design process from brainstorming to prototype presentation and testing.

CONCEPT EXPOSURE

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Note: Rockets may be unrecoverable due to wind, trees, etc. We do not provide extra rockets to replace ones that get lost. Also, we will have a limited supply of balsa wood available for the glider activity; students are encouraged to bring in extra materials from home.

 
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Gilder Competition

High Scores
Grand Champion: Venture I (17.11)
2015 Champion: Venture I (17.11)
2013 Champion: WBG (14.30)
Glide Ratio = Horizontal Distance / Throw Height

Because gliders released higher will typically fly farther, the overall performance is determined via glide ratio rather than just distance (although both are important). Glide ratio is simply how far the plane flew over how far it fell in that same time. The higher the ratio, the better the glider.

The scores from all of the previous classes are listed below.

JULY 31, 2015
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Plain 3 77.0 5.00 15.40
Flying Squirrel 68.0 4.50 15.11
Flying Squirrel 61.0 4.50 13.56
Green Arrow 47.0 4.00 11.75
Oooh Pie 44.0 4.00 11.00
Epic Fail 42.0 4.00 10.50
Hammerhead 45.0 5.00 9.00
The Dihedral 45.0 5.00 9.00
Clean Cut 2.0 35.0 4.00 8.75
Fail 30.0 4.00 7.50
Rainbow Doom 28.0 4.00 7.00
The Wing-let 35.0 5.00 7.00
The Arrow 30.0 4.50 6.67
The Green Flash 26.0 4.00 6.50
Delta 28.0 4.50 6.22
Wingless 30.0 5.00 6.00
The Feather 23.0 4.00 5.75
Flying Pikachu 19.0 4.00 4.75
Plain 2 23.0 5.00 4.60
Dragon Glider 17.0 5.00 3.40
Yellow & Blue Arrow 12.0 4.00 3.00
CWPC 2.0 7.0 4.00 1.75
The Watermelon 8.0 5.00 1.60
JULY 24, 2015
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Land Shark 2.0 64.0 4.50 14.22
Seagull 56.0 5.10 10.98
Night Hawk 42.0 4.75 8.84
Batman 36.0 4.50 8.00
Night Hawk 38.0 4.75 8.00
Ocean Sunset 35.0 4.50 7.78
Bacon 35.0 4.75 7.37
Land Shark 33.0 4.50 7.33
Snake 37.0 5.10 7.25
F2 36.0 5.00 7.20
Phoenix 35.0 5.00 7.00
Bad Luck Chuck 31.0 4.50 6.89
Herpaderp 29.0 4.50 6.44
Kill Joy 29.0 5.00 5.80
Glider 27.0 4.75 5.68
Herpaderp 19.0 4.50 4.22
F3 19.0 5.00 3.80
Green Lightning 16.0 4.50 3.56
JULY 10, 2015
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Venture I 77.0 4.50 17.11
Milk & OJ 57.0 4.25 13.41
Mark I 54.0 5.00 10.80
Three Wing 42.0 4.00 10.50
Liver Pool 39.0 4.00 9.75
Venture II 43.0 4.50 9.56
Alphatross 38.0 4.00 9.50
Hokey Bird 36.0 4.00 9.00
The Horizon 38.0 4.25 8.94
Time Warp 34.0 4.00 8.50
Liver Pool II 33.0 4.00 8.25
Albatross 31.0 4.00 7.75
AmeriTross 31.0 4.00 7.75
Triple Color 32.0 4.25 7.53
Mix Colors 31.0 4.25 7.29
Loiterer 29.0 4.00 7.25
Hepheastus 24.0 4.00 6.00
Hokey Bird 24.0 4.00 6.00
Orville 27.0 4.50 6.00
Flying Turtle 23.0 4.25 5.41
Cotton Candy 19.0 4.00 4.75
Beats by Dr Josh 20.0 4.25 4.71
Warhawk 19.0 4.25 4.47
Happy Colonist XVII 14.0 4.50 3.11
Uhm 13.0 4.50 2.89
Catastrophe 12.0 4.50 2.67
Meow 10.0 4.50 2.22
JUNE 22, 2015
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
T007 38.0 3.40 11.18
Alpha Striker 45.0 4.50 10.00
The Cat 44.0 4.50 9.78
Alpha Striker 47.0 5.00 9.40
BiPlane 30.0 3.40 8.82
Mach 5 34.0 3.90 8.72
Mach 5 39.0 4.50 8.67
I7 Dudeler 33.0 4.20 7.86
I7 Dudeler 30.0 4.20 7.14
Suicide Scotter 26.0 3.70 7.03
I Don't Know 25.0 3.60 6.94
The Cat 30.0 4.50 6.67
The Bomber 28.0 5.00 5.60
1752 Max 22.0 4.10 5.37
The H5 Lightweight 26.0 5.00 5.20
Star Wars Ship 19.0 3.70 5.14
RIP 25.0 4.90 5.10
The Matt Flyer 18.5 3.70 5.00
The Bomber 23.0 5.00 4.60
RIP 22.0 4.90 4.49
Rachel the Glider 18.0 4.10 4.39
I Don't Know 16.0 3.75 4.27
Water Eater 18.0 4.50 4.00
Water Eater 18.0 4.50 4.00
Sharky Jr 17.0 5.00 3.40
Oct 19, 2013
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Flying Taco 23.75 2.00 11.88
The Dragonfly 21.50 2.00 10.75
Staff Man #2 34.75 3.50 9.93
Staff Man #2 19.00 2.00 9.50
Flying Taco 23.67 2.50 9.47
The Wolverine 21.58 4.00 5.40
The Wolverine 21.33 4.00 5.33
The Impossible 22.75 5.00 4.55
The Impossible 18.00 4.00 4.50
The Thunderbolt 14.00 3.50 4.00
The Thunderbolt 14.25 4.00 3.56
JuLY 15, 2013
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
USA Today 24.00 4.42 5.43
USA Today 19.50 4.42 4.42
Fire 22.83 5.33 4.28
Fire 22.42 5.33 4.20
Flying Ferrari 17.17 4.25 4.04
X-Wing 16.67 4.25 3.92
Flying Ferrari 16.58 4.50 3.69
Pheonix 15.83 5.33 2.97
X-Wing 12.00 4.25 2.82
Pheonix 12.00 5.33 2.25
Green Giant 5.25 4.42 1.19
June 24, 2013 (PM)
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
WBG 71.50 5.00 14.30
Purple Monkey 49.00 4.33 11.32
Zulu 56.50 5.66 9.98
The Green Zebra 27.25 3.58 7.61
Septy 28.50 5.66 5.04
The Coon 20.00 5.00 4.00
Sod 21.00 5.33 3.94
July 24, 2013 (AM)
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Mr Monkey 44.50 4.00 11.13
The Good One 44.50 5.25 8.48
Jet Set 26.00 4.50 5.78
100% Legit Cow 17.25 5.00 3.45
Tardis 16.25 5.25 3.10
UNC Rocks 8.00 4.75 1.68
July 17, 2013 (PM)
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Awesome Man 39.17 4.25 9.22
Staff Man (Losers) 34.30 5.17 6.63
Turbo 28.50 4.33 6.58
Fire Hornet 14.50 4.00 3.63
Panda Express 16.00 5.00 3.20
June 17, 2013 (AM)
Name Horizontal Distance (ft) Throw Height (ft) Glide Ratio
Dive Bomber 29.00 4.50 6.44
Glider 50 30.50 5.00 6.10
The Reserection 31.00 5.25 5.90
Toob'oh 22.00 4.66 4.72
The Enterprise 15.75 3.58 4.40
The Acer 18.00 5.00 3.60
One Million 16.50 5.25 3.14
Not Gonna Work 11.00 3.58 3.07
Yolo Discount Double Check 13.50 5.50 2.45
Failure 11.66 5.00 2.33
Probably Gonna Fail 6.00 3.75 1.60
Epic Air 5.50 4.58 1.20