June 5, 2012
With assistance from a Julia Randall Rocket launcher, Azuceha Coronado, left, gets a nearly perfect take-off from one of the four launch pads set up in the playground area of the school.
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JRE students launch rockets and imaginations
Phhhhhht….! “Whoa!” “Wow!” “Lookit it go!” Fifth-graders at Julia Randall Elementary cried out as rockets flew into the air. About 180 students spent the last week of school building six-inch rockets to launch over the playground. Principal Rob Varner took time out of his day to check out the action. “I think this is a great activity,” he said, “Talk about the science behind rocketry.” The project teaches students about the parts of a rocket; the aerodynamics of its flight, Newton’s laws of motion, how the center of gravity and pressure affect the flight, and how the fuel they use propels the rocket.