Rick debuted the compressed air rocket in Make: Magazine in 2008. Since then it\'s exploded in popularity and been featured at dozens of Maker Faire\'s in New York, Detroit and the Bay Area. Along with Keith, Rick is the co-founder of AirRocketWorks.com. Rick is the Maker Lab teacher at Steindorf K-8 STEAM School in San Jose, CA.
Keith Violette - Keith is a mechanical design engineer with 18 years of experience designing robotic prosthetic arms, medical devices, and ultra-precision air bearings in New Hampshire. He has built several CNC machines and 3D printers, and founded a local CNC group. Keith is also a contributing writer for MAKE Magazine, and designed the Air Rocket Glider in MAKE #39, and helped redesign the CAR v2.0, v2.1 & new v2.2. He is also the lucky husband of a creative and understanding wife and father of two maker kids.
Our Story - Keith first contacted Rick after building Rick\'s articles of the balsa wood Folding Wing Glider and the Compressed Air Rocket launcher.
Since this first introduction, Rick and Keith have continued to innovate in several areas in compressed air rocketry, working to make compressed air rocketry an accessible and safe introduction for kids of all ages to make all kinds of things that fly.
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