Science Takes Flight!
St. Justin School middle school science teacher, Nancy Floerke, makes science a blast! After completing a Physics unit on forces, Mrs. Floerke’s 8th grade students constructed bottle rockets made from liter pop bottles, file folders, garbage bags, and duct tape. Over the course of a week and a half, students built their rockets, shot them, and then redesigned them for the second shoot. The winning rockets had the longest air time, with parachute deployment being the deciding factor. The activity was challenging and exciting, while also addressing the engineering design component of the Next Generation Science Standards.
To add to the fun, the class’ kindergarten buddies came to cheer on the initial launches. A chaotic and joyful activity followed which allowed the Kindergartners to launch their own stomp and balloon rockets. It was a wildly exciting demonstration of Newton’s Third Law and an inspiration to rocket scientists of the future.