About Us

AirRocketWorks is founded by Rick Schertle and Keith Violette.  You can contact us at: airrocketworks@gmail.com and we'll get back to you in the next 24 hours.

Rick Schertle - Rick is in his twenty-third year teaching pubic school in San Jose, CA. Just this year he was hired for his dream job, running the Maker Lab at a new K-8 STEAM School in his district.  He’s the founder and director of the Washington Maker Workshop, a non-profit maker space in the low-income neighborhood of San Jose.  He’s a contributing writer for MAKE Magazine and designed the compressed air rocket for MAKE 15 and the folding-wing glider in MAKE 31. With his wife and kids, he loves all things that fly.


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.