Frazer Students Explore Rockets Through Cross-Curricular Study
Published on 7/26/16
District News Academics Frazer K-8 School
3, 2, 1, Blastoff!
In math class, Frazer sixth graders learned about how to measure the height a rocket reaches after launch. In social studies, they learned about the history of rockets. In technology, they got to build their own rockets, complete with engines, and prepare them for launch.
“I usually try to incorporate bottle rockets into my class each year,” Technology teacher Scott Daley explained. “This year, I wanted to incorporate other teachers and expand the project to the entire sixth grade.”
Thanks to a grant from the SCSD Educational Foundation, all Frazer sixth graders—about 100 students—got to take part in the project this year. Students said they loved the excitement of building a project from start to finish by themselves—even though it required many tedious tasks.
“We had to sand the rocket’s fins to help improve the aerodynamics so it doesn’t get dragged down,” Lexus Ruiz-Southward explained.
“It’s exciting that we get to make things,” Arineyshca Munoz said. “The rockets are tricky to make but if we follow the directions, we can do it ourselves. When we set them off, there’s even a parachute to keep them safe when they are landing!”
Mr. Daley said that while the students enjoyed building and launching their rockets, the lessons they will take away from the project will continue serving them well into the future.
“This project helps students learn to follow directions systematically, use resources appropriately, work together and communicate well,” he said.
“This was so fun,” Aqua Williams exclaimed. “I’m new here, and at my old school, we didn’t get to do these kinds of things!”
Thank you to Mr. Daley and the SCSD Educational Foundation for making this project possible! This is one of 19 projects funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation in 14 schools this year, totaling $50,000. The SCSD Educational Foundation has funded more than $750,000 in SCSD projects since 2003.
To view photos of the students' rocket launches, courtesy of Nottingham graduate Sierra Deangelo, please visit our Flickr album >>>