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Rick Schertle

Rick Schertle

Rick teaches middle school in San Jose, CA. He’s a contributing writer for MAKE and leads after school making clubs with kids. He designed the compressed air rocket for MAKE 15 and the folding-wing glider in MAKE 31. With his wife and kids, Rick loves all things that fly. Rick is the co-founder of

Latest from Rick Schertle


The 3300 sq. ft. SLO Makerspace  opened its doors to the public. Read more »


Carry a toy (or pizza) high in the air and drop it from your R/C plane or copter! Read more »


Where most of the town of Maunaloa has essentially become a ghost town, Big Wind Kite Factory, with its brightly painted sign and tidy exterior, brings a ray of light and sunshine. Read more »


With this portable and inexpensive launcher, even the youngest kids can achieve impressive flights with the Rocket Glider from MAKE Volume 31. Read more »


D.Light Design makes an efficient, affordable solar lantern for people in developing countries. Read more »

catapult glider

Fling your Rocket Glider or other toy aircraft 150 feet into the sky! Read more »

Building this rocket launcher is a breeze, and folks are always amazed at how it shoots reusable paper rockets 200–300 feet high. The launcher is made from PVC pipe. You pressurize its chamber to 75psi with about 18 strokes of a bicycle pump, then release all the pressure in a... Read more »