Take to the sky this summer! Using rocket flight simulation software and rocketry fundamentals, each child creates and flies their own rocket. Hands-on STEM activities, games, and competitions keep everyone engaged and on task. And best of all, it’s a blast!
• Five-day, Monday to Friday program:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
• Optional extended care:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $50 per week and/or
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $95 per week
•Bring your own lunch at Lasell University
• Apply for our Counselor in Training (CIT) program:
Rising 10th-12th grade students call (315) 773-5673
• Limited to 12 children, rising 5th – 9th grade
Grouped according to age!
• $25 sibling or multi-session discount applies
• Scholarships available, call (315) 773-5673
• Ask about our referral program
• Child to instructor & assistant ratio is 6:1 or less
• Your instructor: Ludovic Robinson, bioengineering major
Bioengineering major at Endicott College
Ludovic is known for his kindness, patience, and ability to connect with children. Some may call him a child at heart. Ludovic has a solid grasp on engineering principals and design; perfect for leading a scratch-build rocket program.
Your budding astronautical engineer is guaranteed to have a stable, well-constructed, safe rocket that launches at the end of the week and hopefully returns in one piece. The Summer Rocket Blast Off just might set your child on a career path, that is out of this world!
We start by learning about the parts of a rocket and discover what makes it fly. With a buddy, your child then designs, builds, and tests a rocket, under the supervision of the lead instructor. Teams also make water rockets out of two-liter soda bottles and fly them in different configurations. Campers will examine a cool model of the Nike Smoke sounding rocket, and then run computer simulations to check optimal solid fuel quantities.
At the end of the week, campers will launch their rockets for family and friends. No previous model-building experience is necessary. Returning campers or ones with model rocket experience are encouraged to build a more advanced rocket. This might involve accommodating a special payload, experimenting with recovery and landing, or perhaps adding a booster stage.
Your child is challenged to satisfy mission objectives, by modifying components like lightweight cardboard tubes and balsa fins, or adding a payload bay to launch with a small cargo. The engineering of real-world rocket science comes to life, as your child uses the same software professional engineers use. They will develop flight simulations and predictions, and learn to work collaboratively with other team members.
Your child will experience the hands-on challenges of real-world rocket science! Campers use rocket design simulation software to test different designs, motors, and flight conditions. And few things compare to the excitement of launching a rocket, that you have made.
By using the rocket flight simulator, campers learn the importance of accurate data entry, estimating, and troubleshooting when the simulation results are off. Under the supervision of their instructor, your child builds their rocket piece by piece, thinking, modifying, and testing. This forms an understanding of the engineering design process, in a way that they own. Fun and satisfying.