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Evans Middle pupils explore STEM with hands-on activities

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 11:25pm  |  Updated: May 14, 2014 - 12:26am
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Evans Middle School science teacher David Phillips fires a rocket constructed by sixth-grade science pupils.  Valerie Rowell/STAFF
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Evans Middle School science teacher David Phillips fires a rocket constructed by sixth-grade science pupils.

 

Three...two...one...Blast off!

Alicia Sanchez, 11, stood back as the rocket she built with two other classmates took off while she chanted, “Beat the record. Beat the record.”

The rocket Alicia made in her sixth- grade science class at Evans Middle School with Elizabeth Rogers and Makayla Hawkins soared for 8.1 seconds before nosing into the ground.

The group and other Evans Middle sixth-graders spent a few days designing their rockets for optimum flight time.

“We make sure everything is tight,” Elizabeth said about preparing her rocket for launch. “It has to be balanced out or else it would be too heavy and it wouldn’t fly.”

The rocket launch marked the end of the sixth-graders’ unit on space flight and was one of the exciting activities in honor of Georgia STEM Day.

Evans Middle math teacher Kimetha Hampton said the Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics day is designed to engage students in STEM activities.

The innovative, hands-on projects and experiments make STEM instruction exciting, fun and practical, she said.

“They love it,” science teacher Cathy Noyce said as she watched the launches. “It’s what we hang over their heads all year.”

The math students got to measure the flight times of rockets and find an average time for each class. The winning class gets a 5-pound chocolate bar.

The seventh-graders built balsa wood gliders.

Hampton’s math pupils constructed solar cars Friday and watched as a strong indoor light or the sun sent them racing.

“They are applying what they learned this year,” Hampton said.

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