Young Rocket Scientists Test Their STEM Skills

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Fourth- and fifth-graders in Copiague School District’s summer program tested their design and engineering skills as well as their knowledge of the laws of gravity when they launched their bottle rockets on Aug. 2 outside of Susan E. Wiley Elementary School.

Fifth-graders used two-liter soda bottles, salt, water and an air pump to test their rocket design during launch. Throughout the summer, students learned about the forces of gravity and motion and aerodynamic design while also testing air pressure and how it would affect how far their rockets would travel.

Fourth-grade rocket scientists worked in groups to design their own rockets, which were then ignited and flew high in the sky for all to see. Parachutes helped guide the rockets back to the ground and students tested how their designs fared compared to their classmates.