This being a blog from a Dad, I though it fitting to write about another “Father” who had another milestone today (as my amazing Wife reminds me). So, how do I know about this “father” (Robert Goddard) and what do I know about him?
In the second grade at Central Elementary School in Methuen, MA we had a Science Fair. Central Elementary was the former district High School and I recall details of my two years there with some vividness.
The Science Fair in those days had no restrictions (unlike the rules we experienced with our little one which included: no water, animal or human subject unless supervised by a Scientist). So, what was my experiment/project?
A model replica of Robert Goddard’s successful launch of a liquid propelled rocket.
Besides, how bad could a guy be whose name was Robert? I remember my science fair model’s details with some foggy precision: constructed of plastic straws and a pencil then, taped to a piece of cardboard. Simple and to the point.
At this science fair, I didn’t win any prize (the same fate befell our kid recently). But, due in large part to my Mom we have remembered his successful development and launch of a successful liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926, in Auburn, Mass. every year since that second-grade science fair. That’s a gift far greater than a ribbon or certificate. If you want to read more about Dr. Goddard check out NASA’s info here.