Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) patient reader,

Friday evening brought out the perfect conditions for aerial flight – warm weather, no noticeable breeze, and, most importantly, talented yet rambunctious youth! In the friendly confines of the ISGL Multipurpose Room, our young men formed small engineering teams of 2-3 individuals. Our teams were given an important mission on behalf of the IYG NASA Engineers (a.k.a. our youth group mentors) – given cardboard, foam board, duct tape, hot glue, construction paper, spray paint, and water, design and construct a homemade bottle rocket which would be fit for launching. Our teams were given a quick lesson on important points to consider when designing their rockets to achieve maximum distance traveled. Points discussed included – properties of materials (light vs. heavy, durable vs. flimsy), weight and its impact on distance, forces to consider which would impede the path of the rocket, and fin designs. After giving our teams 15 minutes to draw out a bottle rocket and obtaining approval from our team of IYG NASA Engineers, each team was given their materials from which to construct their rockets. What emerged, well, you’ll see in the pictures below…

Our teams begin the all-important bottle rocket design stage. What would they come up with? Well let’s take a closer look…

Looks like a bottle with boomerang fins…

Angry birds seek approval from the IYG NASA Engineers for their design.

A bottle rocket with a halo on it…hmmm…interesting concept!

Let the building begin! Mujtaba carefully cuts out the fins for his team’s bottle rocket.

It appears we have a technical problem here – our fins are all different sizes!

Umm guys….your wings are pointing the wrong direction. Let’s get that fixed shall we…

Ali steps outside to add some creative paint to his team’s rocket…

I swear no matter what they tell you, I didn’t do it!

A few of the finished products…meet the Explorer Version 6.0.

Halo Rock by our youngest team of engineers.

Not quite sure what this rocket is called…could the fingers pointing #1 be a premonition of things to come?

The secret tool to the whole project – the bicycle pump turned rocket launcher!

LAUNCH TIME! Get to it Abdelrahman…

Some of our rockets went straight up…

…one went backwards…

…and others went the direction we were expecting – STRAIGHT!

Overall our young men did an impressive job designing and building their homemade bottle rockets. In terms of distance traveled, three bottle rockets stood out:

– Amine, Danyal, and Hamza’s bottle rocket which traveled 48 feet, 3 inches

– Mohamed A.M., Nabeel, and Shujath’s bottle rocket which traveled 43 feet, 6 inches

– Mujtaba, Murtaza, and Mustafa’s Explorer Version 6.0 bottle rocket which traveled 42 feet, 6 inches

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