6th Graders Launch Model Rockets At Granby Elementary

Tteacher Karen Murdoch, right, and sixth grader Sebastian Alfano watch as just smoke is left after a model rocket was launched recently at Granby Elementary School.

Tteacher Karen Murdoch, right, and sixth grader Sebastian Alfano watch as just smoke is left after a model rocket was launched recently at Granby Elementary School.

GRANBY – Granby Elementary School sixth graders recently used their science knowledge and patience to blast model rockets into the air.

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Sixth graders, from left, Alexis Bush and Paityn Cali show off their colorful model rockets ahead of their recent launch at school.

The students researched Newton’s Laws of Motion, applied them to construct and launch their rockets and discussed how they could apply those laws in their everyday lives.

Challenges came about during the construction process when they had to place the rocket fins, body tube, engine mount, removable engine, recovery wadding, parachute, launch lug, shock cord, nose cone, parachute lines and launch lug into their perfect places.

The trial-and-error period began with questioning how changes to their designs could improve the rocket’s performance.

Tteacher Karen Murdoch, right, and sixth grader Sebastian Alfano watch as just smoke is left after a model rocket was launched recently at Granby Elementary School.
Tteacher Karen Murdoch, right, and sixth grader Sebastian Alfano watch as just smoke is left after a model rocket was launched recently at Granby Elementary School.

The sixth graders’ theories were tested out on launch day with several 3, 2, 1 countdown chants before a small burst of flames and smoke appeared as the ignition switch was flipped.

The youngsters and their teachers cheered as the rockets took off and parachutes opened up, slowly bringing them back to the ground.

Granby sixth grade teachers said perhaps the most important lesson learned of all was how to take risks, sometimes fail and pick yourself back up in order to succeed.

Each student also completed an English language arts writing piece from a news reporter’s point of view of the rocket launches.