New educational school & youth group rocket kit (links)

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New educational school & youth group rocket kit (links)

Postby blackshire » Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:21 pm

Hello All,

I wanted to let you know about a new educational model rocket kit that is well-suited to school projects and to youth group (such as Scout troop) model rocket projects. In the 1990s, I had my own small model rocket company, called Nova Hobbies, which produced only one kit, a scale kit of the American ASP (Atmospheric Sounding Projectile, see: ... -goss.html ). I closed down Nova Hobbies about a decade ago for health reasons, but the company has been resurrected--with my blessing, and with what help I can give him--by my friend Roy Houchin (e-mail: )! As with me, Roy's main interest is in producing scale model rocket kits (including of Australian sounding rockets), but his first Nova Hobbies kit is of a classic low-drag, high-performance yet simple design that was developed by G. Harry Stine. Plans for this design, called the Paradigm-5, have appeared in Stine's "Handbook of Model Rocketry" since at least the book's Fourth Edition (it is now in its Seventh Edition). A link to illustrations of the Paradigm-5 (as well as to information on its performance capabilities when powered by various model rocket motors) is included below:

Here (see: ... ter225.pdf ) are plans for the Paradigm-5 rocket (and plans for a scaled-up version that I designed, called the Paradigm-5 Sr.). A Power Point STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lesson plan that incorporates the Paradigm-5 can be seen *here* (see: ... 2&oq=&gs_l [or Google "Paradigm-5 rocket" if that URL won't open]). Roy has already (late last year) shipped 25 Paradigm-5 kits to Marlys House, a teacher in the isolated town of Eagle, Alaska, who uses model rocketry in her students' STEM classes. While he doesn't have any Paradigm-5 kits packaged and ready to ship at this moment, he has plenty of the kit parts on hand, so he can prepare another batch of them on relatively short notice. The kit is very light, so mailing even a large number of them to Australia from Shorter, Alabama would not be expensive. Any interested parties can contact Roy Houchin at for details.

I hope this information will be helpful.

-- Jason

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