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Look up in the sky! Its a bird! Its a plane! No, its one of more than 20 rockets launched by members of the Pion Rocket Club during an early morning assembly at the school. Students at the school participated in the countdown for each launch, which featured rockets with names such as Big Bertha, Big Daddy and Screaming Eagle.
There was also a three-stage rocket, a rocket that measured more than 5 feet and one less than 5 inches tall.
First-grade teacher Scot Carmody started the rocket club three years ago at Pion. It is open to fifth- and sixth-grade students and is limited to 25 students. Meetings were held weekly starting after winter break to give students plenty of time to complete their rockets before the scheduled launch preceeding spring break.
Through the creation and flight of model rockets, students gain experience with lift, propulsion and aerodynamics, among other things.
Creating model rockets gives students practice in reading, interpreting, and following directions, said Carol Hermes, a fifth- grade teacher and club advisor. It requires them to use fine motor coordination to craft a final product, and it encourages camaraderie with other rocketeers.
Nick Telles, a fourth-grade teacher at Pion, also helped with the club.
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