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September 25, 2018

Lanigan Students Have A ‘Blast’ At Rocket Launch


FULTON, NY – The frosty weather conditions were no match for the heated competition at Lanigan Elementary School’s annual rocket launch.

Lanigan Elementary student and budding scientist Cameron Clark checks for proper wire connection between his launch pad and rocket to ensure a successful liftoff during the school’s recent rocket launch day.

Lanigan Elementary student and budding scientist Cameron Clark checks for proper wire connection between his launch pad and rocket to ensure a successful liftoff during the school’s recent rocket launch day.

Students from each 6th grade class spent weeks in their classrooms leaning all about the science of rockets, while they build there own from science kits from the OCM BOCES Science Center.

Students painted and decorated their own rocket, most choosing a theme that reflected their own personality, from Hannah Montana to music and sports.

The sixth grade classes each launched their rockets one at a time, as their teacher narrated the action through a megaphone in true NASA style.

“Three…two…one…blast off,” echoed through the school yard, as classmate, staff members and parents watched each rocket launch into the sky.

As the rocket reached its max height, a parachute would deploy, allowing for a slow and safe landing.

Manning the launch pad controls as the rocket blasts from its platform is Lanigan Elementary School sixth grade student Kimberly Rombough. Each sixth grader was given the opportunity to build and personalize their own model rockets as part of the school’s science curriculum including chemistry, aerodynamics, and physics.

Manning the launch pad controls as the rocket blasts from its platform is Lanigan Elementary School sixth grade student Kimberly Rombough. Each sixth grader was given the opportunity to build and personalize their own model rockets as part of the school’s science curriculum including chemistry, aerodynamics, and physics.

Many students would follow their rocket’s position in an attempt to catch it as if fell to the ground.

While students launched their rockets into the sky, fellow sixth grade classmates calculated the rocket’s distance and trajectory in order to measure the approximate height of each rocket launch, charting the distances for later evaluation.

Lanigan sixth grade teacher Donald Losurdo was very proud of the launch’s outcome.

“We had a fantastic 100 percent flight rate. Everyone worked very hard on these rockets and students spent weeks learning about the aerodynamics, chemistry, and physics involved in a successful rocket launch,” he said.

The rocket launch is an annual tradition at Lanigan which closely ties to the sixth grade curriculum of studying forces in motion, Newton’s laws and reinforcing basic scientific concepts in electricity, aerodynamics, and physics.

Lanigan classmates Erika Hahn (left), Olivia Coakley and Kendyl Lutz (right) show off the artistic flare and careful craftsmanship they each put into their personalized rockets, as they wait for their launch time.

Lanigan classmates Erika Hahn (left), Olivia Coakley and Kendyl Lutz (right) show off the artistic flare and careful craftsmanship they each put into their personalized rockets, as they wait for their launch time.

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