The Santa Cruz County 4-H Rocketeers have only been assembled for two years, but they decided to go "for the gusto" and build a rocket from scratch! Leader Tami Cubillas chose the "green theme" early in the year to teach the kids how to recycle. She had a used mailing tube as inspiration for the rocket and after sharing her idea with the kids they began brainstorming. "It all comes down to the fact that renewable resources are all around us, we just need to learn how to find them and use them" said Tami.
The club's junior leader, Ross took the helm for drawing up the plans and the teamwork began. All of the boys, ages up to 16, learned how to draw to scale, chose the other materials needed for the rest of the rocket and the idea of a green rocket was in full bloom.
At the September SARA club launch, we had another very successful raffle.Winner of the Display Rocket was Scot Sumner.
The Southern Arizona Rocketry Association is NAR Section 545, and applied for $250 from this fund to complete our Public Address system upgrade at the launch range site.
So far 26 grants have been approved by the NAR including a $250 grant to SARA.
Congratulations to Angela Hackett, the winner of the grand prize, a Flip Video MinoHD Camera.
We will do it again at the September 17th club launch! Another Flip Video MinoHD Camera will be the grand prize, plus more rocket kits and Extreme Rocketry magazine back issues.
The August SARA launch is usually greeted with some fear and trepidation by Tucson rocketeers, since we all know how hot even the mornings can be this time of year. However, a record crowd for an August launch braved the heat, and were rewarded with a beautiful day of flying.
A high, thin cloud cover kept the sun at bay, and the winds went from light to nonexistent as the morning progressed. Other than some occasional squinting to try to see light colored parachutes against the white cirrus clouds, it could not have been a more perfect day for flying rockets.
The motor breakdown was as follows: 1/2A - 5; A - 14; B -24; C -19; D -17; E -10; F -10; G -5; H – 12; I – 6; J -5. There were 74 flights on 1/2 A through D power, with five of those two stage flights. E, F, and G flights totaled 24. High power rockets flew 24 times.
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