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Thursday November 9, 2017 at 10:01am Age: 10 days
Category: Middle School

SIXTH GRADERS' FLIGHT MISSION SUCCESSFUL


The sun was just beginning to rise across the valley when Mr. Budd and students headed toward the pit, ready for blastoff: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Not so fast. There were a couple of malfunctions before the first three rockets fired up – and up, and up, to the blaring shouts of amazed rocketeers.

In the first week of November, all sixth graders in Mr. Budd and Mr. Clemmons’ technology classes participated in a rocket launch event.  Leading up to the big day, student spent a few weeks building their rockets from a kit, following step-by-step instructions. Exact measurements are especially critical to build a safe and reliable rocket. A creative component followed, with spray-painting and personal touches. Upon completion, rockets had to pass teacher inspection, before students could prep their engines for flight, and load them into their rockets.

“It feels like the real thing,” said Gregory Tvedt, an enthusiast of space travel, after retrieving his rocket from the field. “If the engine falls off before it decouples, the mission fails. My engine stayed in because the space inside was tighter.”

If their rockets launched successfully and were retrieved – some were never found – students could launch a second time.