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Science campers launch rockets

Over a hundred students sat in the parking lot of S. Ray Lowder Elementary School and counted down to ten at the top of their lungs.
“Blast off!” they yelled ready for the rocket to shoot into the sky.
Instead, the rocket remained sitting, much to the disappointment of the crowd.
“Uh oh,” said several students.
After another try the rocket shot up into the air and students craned their necks to see where it would land.
Each student at the Science and Technology Camp held at S. Ray Lowder Elementary School worked on a rocket with their classmates.
On Friday morning the camp gathered to see if their creations would fly.
“I feel excited about it,” said Brittany Greer, a camper. “I want to see if it will go up and everything will stay together.”
Brittany was a little nervous because her group had some trouble during the building process.
“Ours kept falling apart,” she said.
Brittany and her group weren’t the only apprehensive campers.
Students were anxious to see how high their rockets would go and where they would land. Some watched as parachutes malfunctioned, and their creations came tumbling back to earth at full speed.
“I hope it doesn’t go into the woods,” said Savannah Flack of her rocket.
Despite many technical difficulties, the rocket project was a big hit at the camp.
“It gives you the thrill of building and launching something,” said A.J. Johnson, a camper.
Students could choose how to decorate their mini rockets. Some emblazoned them with slogans like “Girls Rule.” Others made their rocket red, white and blue in a patriotic statement. Campers found artistry in their work.
“If you look at it from the top, it looks like an eyeball,” said camper Scott Zickafoose.
Throughout the launching of rockets students sat on the blacktop in the heat.
Teachers and parents who came to watch the sight had trouble dealing with the weather.
“This is the hottest it’s been in the four years I’ve done it,” said Cheryl Bruno, a teacher.
The students made their rockets in the comfort of an S. Ray Lowder classroom. Each group was given a certain number of materials and instructions on how to put their rockets together.
“It makes me feel what maybe the scientist feels when they build the rocket,” said A.J. “Scientists have to struggle to find the right pieces and put them together.”
Rocket building was just part of the camp activities. Around 110 students came to the camp. For a week they worked with computers, made helicopters out of paper and went to a planetarium to look at the stars. The camp finished it’s run on Friday.
“I’ve been doing it since I was in first grade,” said Brittany Mistch, a 10-year-old camper. “I like science and math. Those are my favorite subjects. It’s just fun.”by Sarah Grano

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