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Churchill Road sixth graders Diana Liddell, Wilton Dougherty, Muhammad Al-Atrash, Brian Feinstein, Lee Peterson, Jake Yates, Jonathan Noh and Wonsup Song can’t match the excitement shown by their science teacher, David Ericson, when their rocket is launched.

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Launching Rockets at Churchill Road

On Friday, Sept. 13, Churchill Road sixth graders conducted a scientific experiment using the rockets they built in science class. The cardboard rockets were fueled with a mixture of Alka-Seltzer and water in their boosters (film canisters). Science teachers Chrissy Frantz and David Ericson assisted the groups of students with the rocket “fuel.” After the launch, the students measured the height each rocket traveled; then looked at the correlation between rocket weight and launch height. The students discovered that the lighter rockets gained the most height. The top rocket went more than 14 feet.


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