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 AirRocketWorks.com.

Latest from Rick Schertle

Just Wing It-Maker Rick Rig 16.02.26 Hi Res pic-14

Turn your compressed air rocket launcher into the perfect lift-off for a glider. Perfect for testing out different wing and tail configurations. Read more »


The shed is big enough to seat 16 people comfortably at worktables, and it can accommodate a huge 8-foot-high roll-up door. While we use it for a makerspace, with a transparent roof to admit natural light, it can easily be customized into something that works for you — and whatever... Read more »


SonicDad is a website founded by three friends that is chock-full of tried and proven projects. Read more »


With flights well over 200', this is a fun, easy, low-cost, and educational way to learn about rocketry and other things that fly. Read more »

Launching the rocket glider.

Build a new kind of folding glider that’s blasted skyward by a compressed air launcher! Read more »


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 »