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
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.