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Introduction to Rocketry
— Novice
During this introductory course, learn the fundamentals of rocketry and put them into action as you fabricate your own single-stage rocket with the integration of payload with data collection. Leave the course equipped with engineering skills and experience to take on your next project.
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Introduction to Rocketry
— Advanced
Delve deeper into rocketry. This course provides a more comprehensive consideration of the fundamentals and modeling of rocket mechanics that is immediately applied to your own rocket and launch. Discover how to predict and evaluate the effects of payload on rocket performance.
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Single-Stage Rocket

Level up your rocketry skills and understanding with this advanced rocket course. Gain hands-on experience as you build out your own rocket and avionics. Learn the science and engineering practices in this end-to-end process to capture your rocket's performance.
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Microelectronics

Avionics — All the electronics or the "brains" of the system. Gain experience setting up the electronics necessary to monitor your system. Evaluate performance through measurements like altitude and velocity to learn more through data collection from launch to descent.
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Upcoming Events

University of Illinois June 10-13, 2024 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Free PD with 20 PD hours upon completion
Target Audience: STEM educators with students in Middle
School (6-8 STEM classes/8th Science) and early High School
(Physical Science/Introductory Physics)
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University of Illinois June 24-27, 2024 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Free PD with 20 PD hours upon completion
Target Audience: STEM educators with students in in Middle and High School (6-8th STEM, 8th grade Science, Physical Science, Physics, Advanced Physics, Engineering, Computer Science) https://forms.office.com/r/fGXbF4Y2Nd
Southern Illinois University Carbondale July 8-11, 2024 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Free PD with 20 PD hours upon completion
Target Audience: STEM educators with students in Middle and High School (6-8th STEM, 8th grade Science, Physical Science, Physics, Advanced Physics, Engineering, Computer Science) https://forms.office.com/r/wiuyNBpAaf

Resource Guide for Classroom Enrichment

The following compiled list provides grant sources and links that may be helpful in supporting implementation into your educational space.

AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program

Eligibility: K-12 classroom teacher
Funding: Up to $500
AIAA supports endeavors with a clear connection to science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics (STEAM) with an emphasis on Aerospace. Funding can be utilized to purchase STEM demonstration kits, classroom STEM supplies along with parts and supplied for making flying objects and robotics programs.

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant

Eligibility: Full-time Educators
Funding: Up to $500
Classroom grants are highly competitive but can be used for a variety of projects and materials including, but not limited to software and lab materials.

National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Extracurricular Activity Grant

Eligibility: Schools and organizations that provide extracurricular educational activities involving model rocketry.
Note: Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and Student Launch Initiative (SLI) teams are not eligible.
Funding: Dependent on Activity
Open to eligible organizations, for example, NAR Sections, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Challenger Centers, museums, etc. that are looking to create interest in model rocketry in your school or community and how you are teaching rocketry. Collaboration with your local NAR section is encouraged.

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Eligibility: K-12 Educators
Funding: $2,000
Grants support educators that are utilizing new teaching methods and techniques for classroom/school projects to improve learning with an emphasis on innovative methodology, creativity, and ability to positively influence students.