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Rockets Launched from Churchill Road

Churchill Road sixth graders Ginevra Augustini, Jake Bickel, Mitchell Farah, Chrissy Frantz (science teacher), Eric Sun and Molly Ferris listen while science teacher Steven Nicklas explains how to prepare alka-seltzer fueled rockets for launch.

Churchill Road sixth graders Ginevra Augustini, Jake Bickel, Mitchell Farah, Chrissy Frantz (science teacher), Eric Sun and Molly Ferris listen while science teacher Steven Nicklas explains how to prepare alka-seltzer fueled rockets for launch. Photo by Kim Moran

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With assistance from science teacher Steven Nicklas, Churchill Road sixth graders Wil Geller and Sophie Falco ready their rocket for launch. Matthew Loftus holds the measuring stick in the background.

On Friday, Sept. 21, more than 50 years after the first manned rocket launch, Churchill Road sixth graders had the opportunity to launch their own (unmanned) rockets on the school’s outdoor track. The students created rockets from cardboard and painted them. They were fueled by a mixture of alka-seltzer and water in their boosters (film canisters). Under the watchful eyes of their science teachers, Chrissy Frantz and Steven Nicklas, the students determined the effect of rocket weight on height at launch.

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Churchill Road sixth graders Ginevra Augustini and Jake Bickel are delighted that their rocket launches to a good height. Science teacher Steven Nicklas and classmate Mitchell Farah, holding the measuring stick, look on.