Volney students learn about rocketry


Volney Elementary School sixth-graders are soaring to new academic heights, thanks to guest speaker David Hamm.
The former educator spoke to the sixth-grade students about scientific properties behind their upcoming rocket launches. Students jotted down notes and renderings related to a rocket’s shape, flight and motions. Hamm shared his excitement for the science when he discussed the importance of Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry.
Sixth-Grade Teacher William Cahill said it is important for students to be exposed to people like Hamm because “he is an individual who can captivate their attention and inspire them, which contrary to popular belief, is at the very core of teaching children.” It also is valuable, he said, for students to hear from people who have more expertise on certain subjects than their teachers.
Students were engaged in the presentation, as they often raised their hands in search of additional information and they participated in activities such as rubbing their hands together during a friction exercise.
The sixth-graders are expected to launch their rockets within the next couple of weeks.


Guest presenter David Hamm, left, speaks with Volney Elementary
sixth-graders about rocketry.