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Fairgrieve Sixth Graders Become Rocket Scientists

Fairgrieve Elementary sixth graders blasted rockets into the air after having learned about Newton’s three laws of motion.

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Fairgrieve sixth grader Reese Pierce loads his rocket onto a launch pad, as he receives guidance from teacher John Mercer.

Teachers Rick Bush, John Mercer and Kerrie Standard-Phillips assisted students by connecting cables to the homemade rockets just before liftoff.

Each student got to push a button which released the cable and set the rockets soaring into the air.

Prior to the launch, all sixth graders spent time studying Newton’s three laws of motion and how it is applied to rocket science.

Students also were able to identify rocker parts: engine mounts, fins, igniter, body tube, and launch lug.

The science lesson also was combined with English Language Arts, as the sixth graders had to collect data and information to be used in a rocket launch news article.

Teachers John Mercer and Rick Bush assist Kaylee Stevens and Paris Kress in launching their homemade rockets.
Teachers John Mercer and Rick Bush assist Kaylee Stevens and Paris Kress in launching their homemade rockets.