The application for the 2024 RockOn Workshop opened on November 6, 2023 and will close on February 2, 2024.
RockOn! is a hands-on workshop teaching participants how to create a sounding rocket experiment from scratch over a 5-day period and then launching it into space on the 6th day of the workshop. This is a team experience and takes place at Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
The workshop is designed for college students and faculty. There are no prerequisites for participants. Anything needed to be successful at the workshop will be taught at the workshop. The workshop is scheduled from June 14 – 19, 2024 with launch expected on June 20, 2024. (Please note that June 21, 2024, is the backup launch date.) We acknowledge that the Juneteenth Holiday occurs during the RockOn 2024 workshop. In honor of this important federal holiday, work on this day will be limited to one optional activity.
Team size is 3 people (2 students and 1 faculty member). Each team builds one RockOn experiment. All experiments will fly on the rocket and into space. You must sign-up as a community college or university team; no individual registrations will be accepted. Please note that RockOn is limited to 28 teams. Teams will be able to apply up to the deadline, followed by a down select.
All applications must be received by February 2, 2024 at 5 PM Eastern to be considered.
Students from across the United States witnessed the launching of their experiments aboard a NASA suborbital sounding rocket Thursday, June 20, 2019, from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket will carry 28 experiments (measuring acceleration, humidity, pressure, temperature and radiation counts) from the RockOn! Program. Participants in RockOn! receive instruction on the basics required to develop a scientific payload for flight on a suborbital rocket. After learning the basics in RockOn!, students may then participate in RockSat-C, where during the school year they design and build a more complicated experiment.