Educational Resources

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Rocket and Flight Science


Model Rockets

Amateur Rocketry
Wikipedia article on the hobby of amateur rocketry, its history, and popularization in 1960's America following the launch of Sputnik by the U.S.S.R.

National Association of Rocketry
"The oldest and largest sport rocketry organization in the world," with more than 100,000 members since its inception in 1957.

Fly Rockets!
Devoted to the expansion of the hobby via local and regional rocket clubs in the U.S., with links to organizations, vendors, and other rocketry sites.

Estes Rockets
Major manufacturer of model rocketry kits, engines, and supplies. I spent many dreamy boyhood afternoons with my nose stuck in the Estes catalog.


RC Planes and Gliders

RC Airplane World
GoTo site for info on the hobby of flying remote controlled airplanes, gliders, drones, and more.

Beginner's Guide to Remote Controlled Gliders
Excellent article on how to get started in the hobby of RC Sailplaning (RC Gliders).

RC Gliding near Mt Tamalpais State Park
YouTube video of rc glider pilot flying his sailplane atop updrafts near 4-Corners on Mt. Tam. More info
Magazine, blog, classifieds, forums and more covering the broad area of RC hobbies (aircraft, boats, cars, etc.).


Paper Planes

Paper Airplanes
Probably the most common type of aircraft on earth! Certainly one of the most fun. Exploratorium article

The Best Paper Airplane
As the world record for time aloft nears 30 seconds, best designs continue to evolve. Check out another contender

Folding Templates
Just want to learn to make and fly some incredible new paper plane designs? Click the link above for printable folding templates and instructions. More



Comprehensive Wikipedia article covering the phenomenon of human flight. For current developments in fields related to aeronautics, check out

How Things Fly
Great basic introduction to flight science by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Click
here to learn the relevant math.

Air and Space Magazine
Another typically awesome offering of the Smithsonian, this wide-ranging online magazine delves into all aspects of man-powered flight. A must see.

Teen sends camera to space via balloon
Here's a "Non-Teenage Activity" for you! British student Adam Cudworth sends a specially programmed camera into near-space. See GoPro version

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