For nearly eighty elementary school students, air powered rescue rockets are part of science fun.
“They really got a blast out of those rockets,” said William Augustine with the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives. The center hosted the program as part of its annual 4-H National Youth Science Day.
“I was definitely impressed,” Augustine said.
This exercise got fifth and sixth grade students to design rockets and the use them to simulate the delivery of food to victims of a natural disaster.
The rockets were air powered. Students stomped on a plastic bottle, which released a blast of air into the rocket. They were thrilled to see them flying high. the utilized math by measuring distance and estimating height.
One objective of the project was to help students understand the practical applications of math and science.