Wrapping the REAL Saturn V Moon Rocket
For some students this is their first introduction to space, science and art.
Wrapping the indoor real Saturn V Moon Rocket would have profound impact beyond our original intent to wrap the vertical Saturn V replica, we would like to pursue this option.
It would be awesome to walk under the entire length of the indoor rocket and look up to see all the art. We would have a hard time seeing all of the art on the outdoor vertical rocket which stands 363 feet tall.
Our goal: to Wrap the Saturn V
To do this we need:
To complete engineering drawings, color renderings, and a three-dimensional model.
Your pledge will support design and team building aspects of the Dream Rocket project, a large scale art project based on creativity and teamwork made of thousands of artworks created by schools, groups, and individuals from around the U.S., and around the world.
We would like to begin the design phase on August 1st with completion scheduled for November 1, 2013.
During which Steve LaCasse, senior engineer from Bartlett & West will mentor Washburn University pre-engineering students as they consider design possibilities.
Engineering consultants have indicated that the Dream Rocket wrap will require the design of a series of frames to support the completed piece. The fabric panels will not be allowed to touch the rocket structure in any way and will need to be independently supported from the roof or floor.
Once the design phase is complete, we will have the necessary documentation, drawings, color rendering, and three dimensional model to present to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Smithsonian, and any additional parties.
Our team would like to take the following steps:
- Seek permission from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Smithsonian.
- Finalize materials, fabrication, insurance, and permits.
- Organize and opening event and develop opportunities for group sleepovers (ie Girl Scouts), and school visits.
In 2008, a group of educators and artists formed the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) a non-profit organization with a mission to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular programming for individuals and their communities.
About The Dream Rocket Project
IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project, started in 2009 and is a multi-year project with an ultimate goal of collecting 8,000 artworks which will be assembled side by side to wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket replica for a 60 day exhibition, May 1 - June 30, 2014.
Submissions have been received by individuals, groups and schools from 17 countries, 46 states, and 365 communities. We have had an increase by 80% in new submissions each quarter.
Over 130 venues have collaborated with us in exhibiting over 4,200 submissions. We have increased 425% in the number of exhibits completed over the last three years.
View artwork submissions on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Director of its famed Hayden Planetarium, is an internationally known science advocate. He encouraged the IFC to incorporate the dream symbolism into the project because, “The Saturn V is the ideal icon to represent a big dream. This rocket was designed and built as a collaboration of nearly half-a-million people and allowed our human species to venture beyond our world and stand on another – surely one of the biggest dreams of all time. Enabling the dreams of young people to touch this mighty rocket sends a powerful message.” Tyson is one of many enthusiasts who has offered his support to the Dream Rocket Project. (Thank you TIME and Neil deGrasse Tyson for inspiring us once again.)
The social and economic benefits
To individuals and their communities engaged in the Dream Rocket Project prior to and during the installation is measurable. A vibrant and visible program, especially one marked by collaboration by individuals from all economic sectors, can make a substantial difference in the lives of all who participate.
The Dream Rocket advocates “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) as a vital component to be incorporated into our educational system and one that cultivates innovation and leadership.
Top reasons to wrap the Saturn V
- 1. We think that the Saturn V is a powerful metaphor of achievement and we think that wrapping a real Saturn V is the best option for the Dream Rocket Project.
- 2. Students will have an opportunity to work with engineers on these drawings, again highlighting our goal for cross subject collaboration.
- 3. We might just be dreaming, there are two other Saturn V rockets other than the one at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama in which I am referring to, (1) Kennedy Space Center, FL, (2) Johnson Space Center, TX, and wouldn't it be something if this wrap could be re-installed for a temporary exhibits at these other locations so that more of our participants and communities have access to see the wrapping?
- 4. It would be awesome to walk under the entire length of the indoor rocket and look up to see all the art. We would have a hard time seeing all of the art on the outdoor vertical rocket which stands 363 feet tall.
- 5. This is a time in our nation where we need to be unified in a collective accomplishment, as a nation who has been hurt by 9/11 and Boston our heart is fractured. We need to remember that the space program, lead by Chuck Yeager and his contemporaries, those that became NASA did so as pioneers into an unknown future. That future is now questionable, in terms of space. The retirement of the space shuttle program has many Americans feeling a loss for future exploration. We no longer look to news from the Space station and current generations of students, take space pictures from Mars as an everyday experience. We must draw attention to the vibrant future of space, science and new generations of pioneers: today's students. NASA is re-configuring the fuel for the Saturn V, exploring the reintroduction of this rocket for the future. What better way to do this than to put the hopes and dreams of this new generation of thinkers on the original rocket. For some of them, this was their first introduction to space, science and art. What a great way for NASA and the Smithsonian to engage new patrons for support, parents of students whose work graces the rocket, exhibits that link this rocket from the past with the hope of the future. - Barbara Nueske from Tesseract School in Phoenix, AZ
- 6. Instead of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) the wrapping of the indoor Saturn V rocket takes us a step closer to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). By wrapping the indoor Saturn V Moon Rocket we will be STEAMing ahead!!!!!!!!
These students want their Dream Rocket panel wrapped around the real Saturn V Rocket!
Below: Southeast Elementary School in Meridian, MS. Teacher: Winki Allen 4th graders who made a SAVE THE ANIMALS Dream panel visited the MS Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier, MS.
Below: Divine Child Elementary School in Dearborn, MI. Teacher: Mrs. Sharon Wnetrzak
Below: Tesseract School in Phoenix, AZ . Teacher: Barbara Nueske
Thousands of Dream Rocket participants, hundreds of libraries, National Park Historic Sites, museums and community centers.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, NASA, Washburn University Art Department in Topeka, KS, Dream Rocket volunteers, staff and IFC's Board of Directors.
2008 Gas Station Project
2009 Tree Project
Risks and challenges
We would like to begin this discussion about risks and challenges with a quote from Neil Armstrong:
I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul ... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
The International Fiber Collaborative programs have been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and other locations, and has generated 18,528 submissions collected from an estimated 13,058 individuals as part of three major projects.
We know about challenges.
Fortunately, we have a team of teachers, volunteers, and professionals which have committed themselves to problem solving and finding solutions for making impossible dreams like, wrapping the real Saturn V, more possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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