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Upward Bound (6/10/2004)

I spent Thursday in Duluth, at St. Scholastica College's Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a program aimed at prospective first-generation college students and other at-risk high school kids. They have regular meetings during the school year with coaches to help them prepare for college, and they attend a six-week-long residential program every summer, during which they take college prep courses, and are introduced to a wide range of interesting topics, including, this year, rockets!

The winds were screaming at 25 knots, so unfortunately we couldn't launch anything, but I gave two presentations, each an hour and a half long, and showed off a variety of rockets ranging from MicroMaxx to the Quantum Leap and Tethys. The morning session was attended by about 70 incoming High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, and the afternoon session was attended by about 30 more of them, all of whom were enrolled in a Math and Science special interest program. I used the Sport Rocketry pitch that's posted under resources on the Rocket League site).

These kids were a trip to talk to--they were eager to learn, and asked a LOT of interesting questions. I did have to disappoint one kid a bit; she asked how I got the job to be paid by Honeywell to build rockets and talk to kids about them. (Wouldn't that be a neat job!)

When I left, the kids were all lobbying their program leaders for a rocket building session next week

 [Ted Cochran]

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