Rockets are fun, and dragsters are fun. Combining the two gives more than twice the thrill, and that’s what this class does. Rocket dragsters are built from wood and other materials similar to pinewood derby cars. Think rocket powered pinewood derby cars racing on wires. They are designed to fly along a 200 foot long straight horizontal wire about 5 feet off the ground and are powered by rocket engines. Students start with blocks of wood from which they create their dragsters by first generating their own design, then they cut, shape, drill, sand, add wings or whatever they choose until they have their dragsters the way they want them. Following this, students learn how to pack their own rocket motors using potassium nitrate and sucrose. To test and race their dragsters, students place them on the parallel wire tracks and race two at a time. The automatic gate at the finish line determines the winner. Testing and racing many times is par for the course as racers optimize their designs in hopes of getting the aerodynamic edge to beat their competitors.
- All camps are only one-week long, Monday-Friday. Please see below for dates offered.
- Flexible drop-off and pickup times (8:30 am –5:30 pm) at no extra charge; earlier and later times by request for $5 per half hour per child per day.
- Most camps are half-day, but two half-day camps are often combined for a full-day camp. Lunchtime supervision provided; bring your own lunch.
- Half-day mornings: 9:00 am –12:30 pm • Half-day afternoons: 1:30–5:00 pm • Full-day camps: 9:00 am –5:00 pm
- If you find a class full, please register on the wait-list so that we can contact if you if space becomes available. We do our best to accommodate wait-listed students, who will be given priority if we are able to add another section of the class. We will then be in touch to confirm our ability to register your child.
- If any class has not met the minimum of three students required for the class to run by one week prior to the start date, we may cancel the class to free up the instructor and class space for other classes which may have waiting lists. Should this need to happen, we will inform affected families immediately.
- Use the grade your child will be entering next fall to determine age appropriate camps.
- There are no classes on Memorial Day or July 4th. The prices have been adjusted for the four-day camp week.
- Newton’s Attic supplies the computers for all computer based classes.
- Small class size and personalized instruction. Shop classes limited to 6 students per instructor. Most computer classes limited to 8 students per instructor.