Five … Four … Three … Two … One! Lift-off!

Saturday and Sunday saw the students of Ailanga engaged with Zacharia, Eliatosha, and Pandaeli in the design, construction, and launch of their first water rockets! This is the culmination of weeks of research, parts acquisition, and preparation.

While the students have designed far more sophisticated rockets, these first three launches test the launch pad, release mechanism, and launch vehicle. Already experiments are in motion to understand the physics and variables that define the altitude achieved: water to air ratio, mass of water, and pressure applied through the bicycle pump given the volume of the bottle.

For many of these students, this is their first hands-on, do-it-yourself experiment of any kind. At MMAO this is surely the first of many more to come!

Making water rockets at Ilboru, Tanzania

MMAO - Elliatosha's students build water rockets!

Eliatosha Maleko, Astronomy Ambassador to MMAO and instructor at the Ilboru Primary School. Established in 1950, Ilboru is uinque among the government schools in that it offers a special education unit students who have hearing disabilities (deaf), mental disabilities, (hangamoto ya ufahamu), and tailoring to blind students. It is located in Arusha District, Ilboru ward. Every year the school enrolls new students to join from different level of education, such as kindergarten, Form One, etc. There are 1655 students and 40 teachers as of 2018.

Eliatosha offers the following update for his work with his students to build a water rocket program, “Hellow Mr, Kai! I with my students are very happy to share little things with our fellows [across] the globe. Through visiting different websites and YouTube videos, I have met different friends all around, especially from Pakistan. What I have learned from all those people is how they managed to make water rocket project by using simple and few things that are not cost full compared to others.

Since we had started planning for this project we have few challenges, especially funding to buy [the required] connectors. Therefore with my students we started by gathering different things (as explained above) and we managed to do this! As you know that every thing we must be creative before doing it.

We managed to start to assembly and connecting some parts, especially bottles and rocket fins.