Long Beach sixth graders recently participated in their annual rocket launch project
The students each built a rocket in class and learned about the structure and function of rockets.
A launch pad was set up by the baseball field behind the middle school where teachers, administrators, staff and students gathered to count down and cheer each other on. One of the rockets was even equipped with a camera to get in-flight footage and data from the air regarding trajectory, speed and height, as well as other dynamic characteristics.
Next year, this section of study will reach new heights, as Long Beach Middle School will participate in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program for the first time! The program will give students a chance to send a microgravity project to the International Space Station, where astronauts will perform the experiment and send the data back to our students to process and analyze.. This will be a district-wide endeavor, with many new and exciting opportunities being planned for the fall surrounding this project!