NASA ERC October Sky Workshop Ends with a Bang

Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV, October 12, 2014 - The NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Educator Resource Center (ERC) in Fairmont, WV, hosted a two day October Sky workshop on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, for mentors and students with an interest in rocketry.

On Saturday, students built simple kit rockets to gain an understanding of basic rocketry principles.  These were built and launched at the NASA IV&V facility in Fairmont.
Following these activities, students and mentors spent the rest of Saturday and part of Sunday learning to design their own rocket from scratch and then building the rocket.  The activities included learning about the different parts, materials, and options available; learning how to use rocket design and simulation software; and learning how to design and create parts using a 3D printer.  By the middle of Sunday afternoon, five teams had completed rockets that were ready for the launch pad.
Sunday concluded with a trip to the launch pad at Mylan Park in Morgantown where the teams flew their rockets. In addition, several other rockets were launched including rockets built by the mentors and two flights carrying S4 payloads (see separate story).
For pictures from the October Sky event, please see: