Tips & Tricks
  1. Consider applying for the Arkansas Space Grant mini-grant to support your team.  You could win
    $500!  That will pay for all of your rocket supplies, team t-shirts, and travel to the competition,  
  2. The Apogee website is a great resource of information.  This is where the ARC shops for supplies.    
    This is a must see!  Teacher resources galore.
  3. The Estes Rocket Company is another great resource for models and engines.  If you are building
    your rocket from a design you've created, they have all of the needed parts.  A lot of good lesson
    ideas are here also.  This is their Physics Lesson Plan.
  4. Another good supply source is Hobby Link.
  5. If you want a good model rocket simulation try this one: RockSim.  Here are some sponsored by NASA
  6. You can find more simulators by doing a Google search for Model Rocket Simulators.
  7. If you need a rocket tutorial, go here:  Fly Rockets
  8. Hobby Lobby and Walmart both sell models and engines, often at a discount.  Great buys can be
    found at both of these places.
  9. If you are new to model rocket building, start with a small model rocket in kit form and go from there.  
    You can buy a complete Estes kit that includes rocket, launch pad, launch controller, and building
    supplies for $20 to $25.  Even less if you check the clearance aisle.
  10. Fly a few rockets with your students during the school year to become more aware of how they work.  A
    skill level one kit can be put together by most students.  Maybe have a student team build the rocket
    as an extra project.  Rockets that use an A size engine will not fly real high and can be launched in
    small fields or empty parking lots.  Football fields are great launch sites.
  11. Use streamers instead of parachutes on windy days to keep your model from floating away on the air
    currents.  In fact, streamers make recovery very easy on almost any day.  The ARC prefers them over
  12. Have a "Launch Box" that holds things like engines, igniters, wadding, masking tape, glue, scissors,
    engine plugs, safety glasses, a pair of needle nose pliers, or extra batteries for the launch controller.  
    A small tackle box or plastic snap-on lid box works great.
  13. Store open packages of engines in zip lock bags to prevent them form absorbing moisture.  They don't
    work very well wet.
  14. If you paint your rockets, use oil based paint.  There is nothing worse than having paint come off your
    rocket onto your hands when it lands in a wet field.
  15. For this competition, make sure your rocket can accept B size engines!  This is smaller diameter than
    what was used last year.