Educational Resources

  • Is OROC a certified education organization?
    No, not in any way. We are not recognized by the Board of Education or any other similar institution. That being said, we like to teach people things, and would be happy to talk to you about how we can help.
  • Where can I get rocketry educational materials?
    NAR is very education oriented. Their Educational Resources section is full of great content, including a bunch of content co-developed with NASA. In particular classroom teachers should find their collaboration, the Adventures in Rocket Science Educator Guide to be very helpful.
  • Where can I learn more about rocketry?
    In addition to the information available from NAR and TRA, NASA’s Beginners Guide is a good read, especially if you want to learn about the science behind rocket flight. If you are looking for published material on building and flying model and amateur rockets, pretty much everyone will recommend two books to begin with: G. Harry Stine’s Handbook of Model Rocketry and Mark Canepa’s Modern High Power Rocketry II, with Make: High-Power Rockets by Mike Westerfield being a common alternative recommendation. (All of these books have from time to time been available at Powell’s in the used books section.)
  • Scout or other group interested in rocketry… Can we bring them to an OregonRocketry event?
    Definitely! We always appreciate their energy and enthusiasm and are happy to have them come participate. Contact the BOD ahead of time to talk about any special arrangements you feel might be necessary.
  • Can OregonRocketry help teach my class about the science behind rocketry?
    Yep! We already do occasional outreach presentations and can usually find a member willing to come give a presentation. Contact the BOD and let us know what you have in mind, or if you just want to hear about some of the work we currently do.
  • Can you help with on-grounds demos at schools?
    That depends on the school administrators, really. We are happy to help, and we do conduct demos from time to time, but we need to be sure we have an adequate space and permission from the people in charge. Get in touch with us to discuss options.
  • I’m young and interested in rocketry. How can OregonRocketry help?
    If you just want to fly rockets, come to a launch! You’ll get to see first-hand what goes into a rocket, what goes on at our launches, and how ground operations are conducted. In addition, if you are in school, there are a number of organizations and competitions we can tell you about. Some of our members are advisors to middle school, high school, and even collegiate rocketry teams!
  • How do I convince my parents to take me to an OregonRocketry launch?
    If your parents aren’t sure about this whole “rocketry” thing, start by showing them this web page. Show them the research you’ve done, and show them that you found our club. If they still don’t want to come to a launch, have them get in touch with us, we’d love to hear their concerns.
  • Can I participate in High Power rocketry as a minor?
    You absolutely can! Go here to read a summary of things to know if you are under 18 and want to fly high power rockets.