Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Grace Broone, eighth-grader at McCormick Middle School, pulls the string to release the pressure and send her group’s rocket, the Nerd Herd, into the air.
Bottle rockets shot into the air Wednesday morning at the Wellington Dukes football field where all of Matt Wilkosz’s eighth grade science classes launched their projects.
“This is a fun end-of-the-year assignment,” said Wilkosz. “Just launching bottle rockets trying to get the one with the most hang time in the air, going back to Newtown’s three laws of motion.”
Wilkosz, who has been the eighth grade science teacher at McCorick for three years, said this is his third year doing the bottle rockets. They can be made with a two-liter bottle, cardboard, glue and duct tape.
The students filed their decorated bottles with up to 500 milliliters of water and 30 pounds per square inch of compressed air.
The goal was to show students how Newton’s laws work in real life.
“Newton’s Third Law, ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction,’ is the primary law that makes these fly,” said Wilkosz, who was pleased with the response from the students.
“I think everyone had fun. They learned a little bit from it,” he said.
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