Fairgrieve Elementary School students became NASA engineers as they launched hand-crafted rockets during a recent lesson.
Sixth-graders studied Newton’s Laws of Motion then took their learning to new heights with a hands-on learning experience inspired by the famed physicist. The three sixth-grade classes collaborated on the lesson using kits to assemble the rockets and prepare them for lift-off.
With ideal weather conditions recently, the students prepared for the launch. One-by-one, each student placed their rocket on the launch pad and counted down from five, clapping and cheering with excitement as the rocket was propelled into the air.
“This was so much fun,” said sixth-grader Kayla McCraith. “We learned about Newton’s Laws and how rockets work. We weren’t only learning; we were having fun at the same time.”
In addition to the project-based learning activity outdoors, students spent time in the classroom researching historic space shuttles and wrote research summaries about the Laws of Motion.