Today on The Daily Post the Daily Prompt is all about Show and Tell.
You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation..
Growing up I didn’t have a very clear idea about what it would mean to graduate from high school and eventually get a job. I never gave much thought to a career or how I was going to support myself when I would be on my own. I was actually content in becoming a draftsman. It was the combination of all the shop classes I was taking and the technical drawing class I enjoyed that was coloring my limited view of the future.
One summer while I was reading some comic books I sent away for starter kit for selling greeting cards that was always advertised on the back of most comics. I had my eye on all the wonderful ‘stuff’ that would be mine as I sold the cards and the money started rolling in. After my first successful excursion around the neighborhood I realized my riches were not going to be as great as I had hoped. I did find an interesting prize available for the amount of cards I sold. I received my Estes model rocket starter kit a couple of weeks after sending in my order.
That rocket kit changed my life. I had an amazing run with model rockets. I consumed everything I could find on the topic. I read every library book I could find, joined the Estes model rocket club and delved deeper into my passion for space and NASA. I decided I needed to go to college so I could become and Aerospace Engineer.
My five minute show and tell for the kids would involve model rockets. I would bring a whole collection of rockets that I have made. Some from kits, other I had designed and built from scratch. I built a custom launch pad that looks like a launch pad at Cape Canaveral with a red launch tower and exhaust ports from th e smoke. I would talk about the hobby and how everything come into play; math, science, construction techniques, craftsmanship, painting, etc…
Of course the whole presentation will culminate in an actual launch. Nothing beats seeing that rocket start to move off the launch pad. The smoke billowing around the pad, the slow rise at first and the quick acceleration as it shoots into the sky. You hold your breath for the seconds it takes for the rocket to reach apogee. As it starts to fall back to earth you hope the chute will deploy properly for the gentle ride back to earth. You see the puff of smoke as the delayed charge expels the chute. And then the race begins as you follow the rocket while it descends trying to arrive at the spot of the landing at the same time as the rocket.
Hopefully, I would have the kids hooked after that. Maybe if I’m lucky some of them will gain an interest in math and science. Who knows maybe even one or two would follow my example and become Aerospace Engineers…