Granby Elementary students learn about rockets

Granby Elementary School sixth-graders learned all about Isaac Newton’s laws of motion with a special project involving rockets.

Granby’s students launched their kit-built rockets into the beautiful blue sky over their school recently.

Building and launching model rockets has become a standing tradition at Granby Elementary, in the Fulton school district, and this year’s event was kicked off with three launches by sixth-grade science teacher Joe McNamara.

Each student was given an opportunity to launch his or her her rocket in an official NASA-like countdown while using a specially designed launch pad and battery control system.

Taking into consideration the weather conditions, the students were asked to make some predictions about the flight pattern that their rocket will take including whether they believe that their rocket’s parachute will deploy as intended.

These predictions as well as actual findings were included in a final report that each student was required to write about the rocket project.

Granby sixth-grade teachers coordinate the rocket project each year in conjunction with the study of Newton’s laws of motion, gravity and propulsion.

The laws of motion are:

1) An object at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it and conversely, an object in motion will stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it.

2) Force is equal to mass times acceleration of an object.

3) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The students build the rockets using kits from the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Science Center. The experience introduces the students to the forces of motion and gives them an opportunity to learn about electricity and aerodynamics.

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