Rocket Propulsion Engineering

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Join us for one week of pre-college, academic classes!

The Mechanical Engineering Rocket Propulsion program summer program teaches students the principles of rocket and air-breathing propulsion. Students will participate in a range of classroom and hands-on learning activities exploring the aspect of propulsion system design, analysis, fabrication, and testing. Students will also learn about the history of air-breathing and rocket propulsion, the current state-of-the-art, and where propulsion systems are headed and future prospects in the propulsion field.

This is a hands-on course. Students will be working with Embry-Riddle faculty in our engineering lab. You will learn the basic principles of propulsion – The thrust equation, conservation of mass, momentum and energy. Design and build a simple rocket from “off the shelf” parts. Then fly the rocket. Learn simple propellant chemistry and participate in mixing of solid propellant and casting it into grains. Static test fire solid rocket motors from the grains they cast. Learn about and participate in simple fabrication methods such as 3-D printing (rapid prototyping), water jet, laser cutter, and traditional machine tools.

Learn about and participate in simple laboratory and testing activities, including LabVIEW programming and data acquisition.

For: High School Students ages 15-18 who are interested in aerospace engineering

Program Fee: $1,300

Program Dates: July 7-12, 2019: This program is full. If you wish to be on the Waitlist, please complete a Waitlist Request

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301

Registrations will be accepted until the program is full. The total enrollment capacity for this program is 16.

Registration Process

Complete our Registration form and deposit by clicking "Register Today" at the top of this page.

Personal Statement: Each participant is required to submit a personal statement of 150-250 words answering the following question: "Please tell us what attending this program would mean to you." Then submit to the Summer Programs Office with your Registration Packet.

Teacher Recommendation: Please print the Teacher Recommendation form and have completed by a teacher, then submit to the Summer Programs Office with your Registration Packet. This form must be returned for your registration to be complete.

Registration Packet: A link will be sent to you after the registration has been completed to download, complete and return to our office.

Parents, Guardians, and Families are invited and encouraged to participate in the Completion Luncheon/Dinner. The Completion Luncheon/Dinner for the Summer Programs participants is included in the cost of tuition; please do not include the student in your count.

The fee for our luncheon guests is $17 per person. If you have any questions, please contact out office at (928)777-3956.
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Contact Information

Prescott, AZ
Phone: 928-777-3956
Email: prsummer@erau.edu

Summer Overnight Camps

Live on campus like Embry-Riddle students and explore career possibilities in flight, mechanical engineering, global security, or what it is like to be a NASA astronaut.

Embry-Riddle's overnight summer programs at the Daytona Beach Campus and Prescott Campus introduce the technology of today to the aviators, engineers, and astronauts of tomorrow.

Students live in on-campus dormitories — under the supervision of approved counselors — and share their initial experience of University living with other young people near their age