Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

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Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

Postby Lamp » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:15 pm

I was invited to the Seaford Scouts to give a talk on rocketry and conduct a launch last Tuesday.

I managed to find some super cheap, really basic Starhawk Quest kits with streamer recovery that could be built in 5 minutes, so I got a box of 25, some motors and donated them to the Scouts. I gave a 10 minute talk on rocketry and then, with the help of John (a work mate), the scoutmaster and a few parents we took 20 minutes to build them and prep them with wadding. After they were built we all went over to the park and quickly launched them from 2 pads....21 rockets launched in 20 minutes in rapidly fading light.

After the launch I held a bit of a show and tell of progressively bigger rockets to increasingly louder gasps and exclamations...not only from the kids, but from some of the adults.

The kids were eager to learn and asked some good questions, we all had a great time (me as much as the kids I think).

When the night was over, and the troop thanked John and myself, most of the kids came up to ask more questions, thank me, and proclaim that it was the "best scouts ever".

Loudest exclamation of the night..."Will that go into space?"
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Re: Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

Postby october sky » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:37 pm

Great work Pete....you built the excitement "to it"...works really well mate ! :D
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Re: Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

Postby Lamp » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:20 pm

Thanks Ari...it really was fun!

The kids really enjoyed building the kits. When they were built, one of them asked if he could keep his (I presume they must have thought I would want them back). When I replied "because you built it you can keep it" screams of excitement went through the room. When we announced we would go to the park to launch them, all the kids had eyes like saucers. Despite all the excitement, I must say they were extremely well behaved.

I have no idea how you handle a school...21 kids was enough
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Re: Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

Postby Scoop1261 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:22 pm

My hat is off to those of you that invest the time in demonstrations to various schools and youth groups, you are certainly fine ambassadors for the hobby. 8)
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Re: Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

Postby Kryten » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:06 pm

Good work, Pete.
How did you get hold of the Starhawk Quest kits?
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Seaford Scouts 23-10-2012

Postby Lamp » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:16 pm

Believe it or not, someone put me on to them through Fishpond. They cost about $140 for the box of 25.
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