Expo Inspire!

Expo Inspire! is a one-of-kind hands on, interactive, learning experience for children of all ages, students and parents to explore science. It is an interactive learning experience designed to inspire and encourage children of all ages to accomplish extraordinary feats in the future of space exploration. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on experiments and activities designed to stimulate their imagination while also educating them about the wonders of space travel. Students will leave the expo challenged and inspired, and have a new understanding for the breadth and width of space exploration and its impact on the world as a whole. 

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100YSS Alka Rockets College Challenge

Rockets are propelled according to the principle stated in Isaac Newton’s third law of motion: “For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.”  In an Alka Rocket, gas pressure builds inside the rocket’s fuselage—a film canister—when an effervescent table is missed water, which releases carbon dioxide.  This action continues until enough pressure builds up to blow the canister apart from its lid and propel the rocket upward!

College Team Challenge:  Build and launch 50 Alka Rockets simultaneously!

First 15 teams that enter, submit design, show up and get complimentary admission to 100 Year Starship Public Symposium—an unforgettable experience.

Teams will be judged on:

How many rockets launched. How many launched concurrently. Height rockets reached.

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014              Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B3

Guidelines for the Alka Rockets College Challenge:

Eligible participants are students currently registered at two or four year colleges or universities. A team consists of three members.  

Team members will receive complimentary registration to the 100YSS Symposium once their design is received.  All team members must participate in the Alka Rocket challenge.  

Each team will have to build their competitionrockets and launch platform at the EXPO using EXPO supplied materials.  Materials that will be available and may be used are:  Empty film canisters Tap Water Card board & Paper for Fins¼” & ½” Foam Core Board Super Glue Assorted tapes, paper clips, fasteners Markers Scissors

The winning three teams will also receive a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tiered Interstellar Survival Kit.

Registration for the College Teams: 

Teams must register their intent to participate in the Bayer Alka Rockets Challenge by registering here. They will receive free 100YSS 2014 Symposium standard registration once you complete the application and submit design. 

Sign Up Here - Expo Inspire! College Challenge