Joining other recent space launches across the country and planet, Kulshan Middle School STEM students launched classroom rockets outside the school, boosting their [S]cience learning, [T]echnical prowess, [E]ngineering, [A]rtistic designs and [M]athematical calculations.
KMS STEM teacher Rob Hendricks, along with retired science teacher Dan Bailey, led the unit for sixth grade students. Using soda bottles, cardboard and butcher paper as the materials to build the rockets. Hendricks says the unit was about following directions and using their hands and tools to build things.
“The kids had fun shooting them off on the black top,” Hendricks said, “using water and air pressure as the driver.”
According to Jeff Tetrick, the director for Career and Technical Education in Bellingham Public Schools, more than 1,600 middle and high school students are enrolled in STEM courses in fall 2021.
“STEM classes, and STEM engagement like the rocketry unit, encourage our students to pursue a career path into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” according to Tetrick. “These fields offer endless opportunity as we move further into the 21st century.”
Photo credit: Katherine Hendricks