Model rocketry has had a profound impact on my life, and I hope it does on yours, too. If you are associated with education, you’ve probably heard the term STEM tossed around. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—all those skills we as a nation are trying to promote. Model rocketry is the perfect STEM hobby. Let me share how it changed me.

While I have always been bright, some might argue precocious, I was a more or less average student through most of my early education. I did well enough in science and math to be placed in the advanced classes, but generally didn’t work hard enough to excel. The classes simply didn’t interest me much. Who cared that a screw was an example of a wedge, one of the basic tools? Seriously? ...

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