A Subsidiary of the New Zealand Rocketry Association
We’re a group of Cantabrians who launch, or those who want to learn how to launch model rockets.
Supporting Aerospace and STEM in the community and fostering a sense of wonderment in technology in our youth - and usually those of us much older!
Aiming to progress some of our interested members into High-Power Rocketry and inevitably Aerospace Career pathways, we've got a wealth of knowledge between our founding members.
Any member of the public is welcome along to our launches and workshops.
Feel free to hit us up on site or via Email/Facebook and we'd be happy to show you the in's and out's of Low-Power Rocketry.
Model Rocketry in Christchurch
Christchurch has a strong history of Rocketry, it was the first city in New Zealand to have an official Model Rocketry Association and importer.
Norm Sisson (from then Model Boat Supplies) with the assistance of Gerry Munden (Aerospace Education) began importing model rockets and motors from the U.S during the mid 90’s.
They launched rockets for a number of years from Christchurch, including public events from South Hagley Park which drew crowds in the hundreds, along with launching rockets as part of the jet-sprint competitions.
Fast forward to 2019 and the Christchurch Rocketeers were founded as a response to the growing interest In Canterbury around model rocketry. We’ve been successfully launching monthly (apart from during lvl 3/4 lockdown) from Nunweek Park in Christchurch.
We have successfully integrated ourselves into the Christchurch Aerospace community with many contacts in the industry and providing talks at the Aerospace Christchurch meetups.
These launches have been supported well by the local community, with interest from Schools and public alike.
Our close ties to the University of Canterbury Aerospace club allows us to provide a real visible pathway for kids and adults looking at getting into the aerospace industry.
As of September 2020 we teamed up with UCA to offer a “Hot-Rocket” class to Cashmere Highschool. We also started rocket building workshops at Tūranga Library as of School Term 4 in association with their STEM/Learning Centre teams.
Simon has also been acting as an EngineeringNZ “Wonder Project Ambassador” providing STEM lessons through water rocket workshops teaching iterative design and Newtons laws of Motion.
With the introduction of the Canterbury Aerospace Sector Plan and the push for an aerospace “Hub”, we believe the Rocketry group is well placed to help in this push for the region.
Aim of Our Workshops and Outreach Programs
During late 2020 we were approached by the Tūranga Library learning centres to trial Rocket Building workshops to promote the use of their Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, Vacu-former, and Vinyl Printer to members of the community. Currently Hobby Rocktery is a hobby available only top those of middle-high incomes due to the cost of Rocket kits and motors, however our efforts aim to drastically reduce these costs to make this available to anyone!
This was trialled during School Term 4 and during World Space Week and turned out to be quite popular! With minimal advertising we drew a number of families and teenagers from all over Christchurch to build launchable and reusable model rockets.
The Christchurch Rocketeers have since been approached by two Highschools to bring these to them during next years learning.
The aim of the build workshops is to promote STEM based learning and hobbies in Otautahi Christchurch, and inevitably create pathways into the Canterbury Aerospace sector for these participants to support the growth of this region.
These workshops allow us to explore Iterative design processes, Newtons Laws of Motion, Thrust/Drag principles, Aerodynamics, Health and Safety, and even art design.
The planned outreach programs would extend this further, bringing STEM based rocketry lessons and launches to low-decile and girls only schools, areas which are currently a minority amongst STEM fields at Tertiary and Industry levels.
Model Rocketry has a unique position of being engaging to almost all who participate, and draws on the excitement of current efforts such as Rocket Lab, Dawn Aerospace, The Artemis Missions, and Mars.
How Can I Take Part?
You can reach us in one of the following ways:
Facebook: (Search) Christchurch Rocketeers
Phone: +64 27 287 4572
Or alternatively, Book One of Our Workshops or attend a launch day and come say Hi!
We're more than happy to show you what it takes to become a Rocketeer!