Bakken Museum outreach report (5/9/2004)
I set up at the Bakken at around 1030AM--a mess o' rockets on a
table in the lobby, the powerpoint presentation in the Great Hall
upstairs, and a launch pad on the Bakken Spaceport, aka terrace,
which was very tiny--probably about 75' square, with a small buffer
space around it on the ground below.
I'd sit at the table and answer questions, then do a quick
presentation (the kids were mostly pretty young, so I went fast so
they wouldn't get bored), and then outside for a launch. Because of
the small "field", I launched a micromaxx UFO, a stomp
rocket on a 1/2A6-2, and a Quest UFO on a B6-0, which went only as
high as the stomp rocket--about 50 feet. The launches were well
appreciated, and all landed close to the pad--the Quest UFO hit it
There were about 35 people (a group of kids and grandparents) for
the 11 AM show, about 6 Cub Scouts for a 12 Noon show, and about 25
Birthday Party kids for a 2 PM show. The museum had a couple of
astro/space-related activities in the activity room, including a
make your own air rocket station, an invent something out of axman
parts station, and an astronomy station.
Not a particularly great venue, but excited kids, many of whom
got to see rockets fly for the first time.