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Students become astronauts for a day at Gretna Elementary School

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By Angye Morrison

Gadsden County Extension Office agents Yolanda Goode and Lester Muralles worked with an enrichment class at Gretna Elementary School last week, teaching the students about aerospace and rocketry science.

The students learned about Newton’s Laws, and how to build a rocket to specifications. They also watched the movie, “October Sky,” and learned about the first walk on the moon in 1969.

Students built their rockets out of soda bottles, duct tape and cardboard, and each one had a large washer in the “nose.” The students all said they found building their rockets both challenging and fun.

The group gathered to launch the rockets, using water, in the field behind the school last Friday. Two groups launched rockets; one before lunch and one after.

Each rocket’s flight time was clocked, and students whose rockets flew the longest were selected the winners. The names of those students were not available at press time, but will be published at a later date.