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Having a ‘blast’ in Hannibal

Seventh grade technology student Mikayla Somers displays her rocket. Along with other students in her class, she launched a water rocket of her own creation. Her egg, tucked inside the rocket, survived the rocket’s landing. The project integrated many elements of the common core.
Seventh grade technology student Mikayla Somers displays her rocket. Along with other students in her class, she launched a water rocket of her own creation. Her egg, tucked inside the rocket, survived the rocket’s landing. The project integrated many elements of the common core.

by Nicole Reitz

With a clear sky and their projects in tow, seventh-grade technology students recently launched water rockets outside of Dennis Kenney Middle School in Hannibal.

Two sections of seventh-grade technology students have been working on a water rocket project for the last few weeks. Technology education teacher Greg Bailey, who has taught at KMS for five years, assigns the problem-solving activity to his students.

Students typically test their rockets in the spring, but since the school switched to quarters, seventh graders in the class needed to launch their creations during the winter.

To make the rockets, students used two-liter soda bottles as engines. They then needed to use a computer program, Water Rocket Fun, to determine how much water their rocket needed so that would fly to its maximum height. Students had to collect data and convert liters to ounces.

Students were also given an egg and were expected to keep the egg safe in the water rocket by creating a cargo bay. Members of the class were partially graded on whether or not their “eggstronauts” made it to the ground safely after being launched.

Seventh-grade student Corrine Hyde was hopeful that her egg would make the journey. She wrapped it in bubble wrap as a precaution. While her groups rocket did get air, the rocket fell to the ground and the egg broke.

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