Shoot for the Stars and Shooting Rockets!

June 16, 2017 07:39 PM

One of the parking lots at St. Scholastica turned into a mini Kennedy Space Center on Friday.

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That's because students in the Shoot for the Stars program launched their rockets there. They were 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Lincoln Park Middle School.

"It's hard, and challenging, and also amazing!" Daulton Knight told us. He's a 7th grader.

Star Mishler added, "I really like engineering, and most girls in my school think it's just for guys. But I want to change that. I'm not afraid. I like building and engineering stuff."

The program is hosted by Scholastica, and is in its second year. Co-director Tim Trygstad said, "We realized there was as a lack of opportunity for middle school students and STEM activities.  We wanted to provide that opportunity, and give the kids a chance to visit a college campus. Plus they can figure out that science and math are enjoyable, and not just school work."

It wasn't all perfect. The kids had to trouble shoot during the launches. But that was also fun, and is part of engineering!

"It's really exciting. First you have to build the rocket. And then set it off. We had to redo it three times. Our altimeter broke," explained Trevor Cowell.

The camp will be followed by a math/science club during the school year.


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