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Students test rocket skills

Posted: January 17, 2014 7:11 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 7:11 p.m.

Sixth-graders Breeana San Lucas, left, and Isabella Chauncey launch their rocket named Solar Flair during the rocket-launch event held Friday at Santa Clarita Elementary School. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Seventy sixth-graders at Santa Clarita Elementary School tested their aeronautics skills Friday with rockets made out of 2-liter soda bottles.

The students had been studying aeronautics, propulsion, action and reaction since before the school December break, so Friday was the chance to test their new knowledge.

The sixth-graders pulled the release to send off their decorated creations filled with water and then charged with air from a compressor.

The highest flight topped off at about 60 feet, prompting cheers from the student body gathered on the play yard.




ricketzz: Posted: January 20, 2014 6:17 a.m.

One would hope that kids interested in rocketry are not put off by this exercise in timidity. We did not get to the moon with tire pumps and soda bottles. The hobby store has proper rocket motors and bodies. Remote controls for the launch and safety glasses for the participants are also readily available. I can launch a water bottle 100' with the street pressure from Newhall CWD!

momofthree: Posted: January 21, 2014 12:46 p.m.

This appears to be an event for young children to experience something exciting on a very basic, introductory level. Why criticize? Kids can become inspired to do great things from being exposed to simple exercises like this; it's called "planting a seed." Neil Armstrong wanted to become an astronaut because he was fascinated by airplanes as a child. A few "rocket scientists" became inspired by reading Science Fiction literature in their youth. Please realize that kids don't have to have the latest Estes Leviathan rocket to learn about basic principals of this field.

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