The Australian Youth Aerospace Association’s (AYAA) Rocket Project is a volunteer run project which gives students all over Australia the opportunity to become Rocket Engineers for a day. It is designed to showcase both the theoretical and practical applications of modern rocketry.
Aerospace engineers are tasked with, among other things, the design of rockets to deliver a payload and return it safely to the ground. Students will work together in groups to design, construct and launch a solid fuel model rocket. The workshop teaches concepts such as analysing and balancing forces, aerodynamics, differential equations and decision-making. Activity content can be modified to suit lower year levels wishing to participate in the activity, or unit-specific study areas relating to aerospace.