NERDS, Inc. was proud to provide an entire day of water rocket activities for Glad Tiding Bible Camp in Bloomfield, NE! The enthusiasm of the campers and their intrepid experiments with fuel, fins, parachutes, and even a Go-Pro camera, were sights to behold. Their imagination and creativity were utterly contagious. Science is best done as an action, you guys rock!
Our new Super Pneumatic Water Rocket Launch Pad (Model E) is here!
The Model E launch pad is designed to achieve easy repeatability, performance, and safety. With a removable nozzle and water/pressure release valve, it is the most complete launch pad to date. At NERDS Inc, we continually strive to push the boundaries of quality and functionality to our launch pad product line. This product will enable teachers to create a fun and inquisitive classroom environment for students of all ages.
Science happens in all kinds of weather and this weekend was no exception. This year Science Olympiad was held at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and teams this year teams had to work through wind, fog, rain, and cold temperatures. Starting at 6am, we launched nearly hundred rockets in just a few hours to beat the incoming storms.
The bottle rocket competition objective was the longest flight with a 1-liter bottle rocket. Each team must launch two rockets and the combine time of each flight is your score. The rocket must also carry an egg that survives the entire rocket flight. Our longest time was north of 13 seconds and the majority of the rockets were reaching 120+ feet.
Congratulations to the placing teams!
- Winston Churchill Middle School
- Solon Middle School
- Bearden Middle School
- Oak Valley Middle School
- Northshore Junior high
- Dodgen Middle School
Scores of placing teams are kept with Science Olympiad and are not shown.
Nebraska State Science Olympiad ran an indoor bottle rocket competition as a trail event. The objective was to launch a rocket and have a ping pong ball stay in the air the longest time using a one liter bottle. Here is a quick overview of what students were able to accomplish.
- Central Valley Middle School 8.31 seconds
- Millard North High School 7.18 seconds
- Skutt Catholic High School 6.50 seconds
First place school received a Model D launch pad, second place received a Model B launch pad, and third place won a Model A. Congratulations to all the participating teams, look forward to seeing you all next year!
Nerds Inc will be judging the water rocket competition of the Nebraska State Science Olympiad. New this year will be extra prizes to the top teams in the bottle rocket competition. NERDS Inc will be giving a Model D launch pad to the top place team followed by a Model C launch pad for second place. There will be other prizes at the State competition April 22nd.
When a student gets hooked on a subject they're interested in, you can't stop them from learning. Usually the student takes it upon themselves to learn more about that subject outside classroom. This contagious learning has been the subject of some students at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Rapid City, SD. The students have come together under the direction of their 5th grade instructor Andy Thimgan to learn about the aerospace field after school.
The class is an open book and the students get to study their interest in aviation. They studied basic aviation aerodynamics and newton's law of motion. The physics lessons are then applied by building and launching rockets. If the student wants a higher flying rocket, all they have to do is to trust the math. This design, trial and error galvanizes the scientific method in students minds. The club uses our NERDS Inc launch pads, braving the cold, to launch throughout the year.
KOTA Territory News had a story highlighting the rocket clubs growth.
Attention North Carolina teachers! NERDS Inc will be participating in the NCSO teacher critic October 8th at Southeast Raleigh High School. We will be instructing classes on the "do's and Don'ts" of the bottle rocket competition.
Get our Model A launch pad in person and not pay shipping. A $10 savings! While supplies last!
Schedule of Bottle Rocket Clinic
- Session 1 8:00 - 8:55am
- Session 2 9:00 - 9:55am
- Session 3 11:00 - 11:55am
- Session 4 1:00 -1:55pm
- Session 1 8:00 - 8:55am
- Session 2 9:00 - 9:55am
- Session 3 10:00 - 10:55am
- Session 4 12:00am-12:55pm
Today was NASA Langley Research Center's Youth Day. While most events took place in the Integrated Engineering Science Building (IESB), NERDS Inc was out on the softball fields filling the skies with water rockets. Hundreds of students took part in Youth Day activities which included obstacle robotics, VR Space Station simulations, astronaut talks, tours of the base, and hands on activities to engage students. NERDS Inc was proud to help the students design, build, and launch water rockets as apart of this great event. Until next year NASA LARC!
For over 20 years NERDS Inc has assisted in running the bottle rocket competition in the National Science Olympiad Tournament. Recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions this spring. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities, industry and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in robotics, physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, coding and engineering.
NERDS Inc is a proud supporter of the Science Olympiad Tournament. We look forward to participating next year!
Our new Basic Water Rocket Launch Pad is finally here!
The new Model A launchpad is a true product of years of launch pad design experience. At NERDS Inc, we continually strive to create a more affordable and efficient launch pad to enable the ability of reaching more schools and students around the world. This new launch pad is now considered the (Model A) launch pad, while the old A, B, and C models have turned into model B, C, and D respectively.
Science Snapshot is our NERDS Inc blog. NERDS Inc is starting a blog to help start the discussion on the capabilities in the classroom of teaching to curiosity. Teachers should be able to instruct with freedom, creating an environment to enable students. We don't want students to spit out information like a computer because obtaining knowledge is only useful in the context of creativity. We will bring advice, topics and instructions to the table encouraging readers to ask questions and comment.
Our new website has officially launched! We are also presenting a new company logo. We are excited for the more defined direction of NERDSinc and the opportunities that lay ahead. We now accept credit cards for purchases but please be patient when ordering, we are working out the kinks of the details for the behind the scenes processes.