The Green Eggs rocket is all about that spacious payload bay! It’s perfect for extending learning, and measuring success. In it, you can fit things like the PocketLab, altimeters, eggs or a large variety of other payloads for experimentation!
It also works as a perfect introduction into the concept of egg lofting. Egg lofting is a spirited attempt to launch fragile eggs high into the sky, and try to get them to land without a splat!
Eggs have traditionally been used in model rocketry as a proxy for astronauts returning from orbit. Compared to the forces around them, astronauts are extremely fragile upon reentry (and for their entire journey). Returning the eggs safely to the ground can be a fun engineering challenge, and has a clear connection to larger concepts.
The Green Eggs in the Classroom
Egg lofting can make for an exceptionally challenging and engaging rocket launch, and the Green Eggs from Estes make that challenge accessible to builders of all skill levels. This challenge can be as simple as the attempt, but can include an exploration of recovery systems and descent rates.
Challenge your students to find the optimal recovery system to bring down the eggs as quickly as possible while keeping them intact upon touchdown.
Eggs are commonplace in The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC), and the Green Eggs rocket is a perfect introduction into egg lofting to guide students to more ambitious rocketry goals. In model rocketry, an egg can help to simulate the need to appropriately slow the descent of astronauts en route back to earth. They represent just how fragile humans are when dealing with rocketry and velocity on a cosmic scale.
Included with this kit
Large Transparent Payload Bay
The Green Eggs rocket can house up to 2 eggs, or a large variety of other payloads. The payload bay has significant volume and you can deliver a decent amount of mass (up to 2 eggs) on a D12-3 engine. The payload section on this rocket, unlike similar rockets, is the same diameter as the airframe of the rocket, making it easier to build and align.
Display Stand Fins
The fins on this rocket kit are designed to second as a display stand, allowing this rocket to stand upright without support.
These fins are balsa, and are attached to the engine mount through the airframe of the rocket. This significantly strengthens the fins and creates a durable rocket that will provide exciting launches, flight after flight.
Pre-slotted Body Tubes
The body tubes for the Green Eggs rocket come laser-cut with slots for the fins tabs to be positioned. This means no complex cuts here, and your fins will come out perfectly aligned.
The Green Eggs rocket comes with a blue and white parachute that makes it easy to see in the sky, as well as create enough drag for this rocket to land safely with many payloads.
Tools and Supplies
What You Need to Build (Not Included)
- Fine Sandpaper
- Carpenter’s Glue
- Hobby Knife
- Primer and Paint
What You Need to Launch (Not Included)
- Lifetime Launch System
- Estes Model Rocket Engines
- Recovery Wadding
- 1.5V AA Batteries (For Launch Controller)
|With the PockLab Payload|
|For Use With a 2 Egg Payload (Approx 4 oz payload)|