Riley HS students learn by building, launching rockets

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Physics students at Riley High School put their knowledge into practice and launched dozens of model rockets Saturday afternoon.

But it's not all fun and games, this launch counts as their final exam.

The students built the rockets from start to finish.

Designing the body from parts, and doing all the calculations involving aerodynamics.

According to Riley physics teacher Dr. Susan Sakimoto, this is the type of hands-on learning the students can get into.

“I got hooked on model rockets when I worked at NASA,” she said. “I also liked blowing things up as a kid and this is a good grown up way to do that.”

“Just building it and the anticipation hoping that it works, and going to get it and having that satisfaction inside of you knowing that you built a rocket - and it was successful,” explained sophomore Angelique Wise.

The students could choose to keep their rockets or donate them to the physics classroom to hang from the ceiling.

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