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Videos: Students Shoot Off Rockets at Glenmar

Check out this high-flying experiment by Glenmar students from Friday.

Students at  Glenmar Elementary School were treated to an explosive lesson plan on Friday.

As part of a unit on rocketry, Glenmar fifth-graders spent part of Friday afternoon launching rockets from the school ball field as the rest of the student body watched.

Teams of students each spent about an hour constructing their 13 water-powered rockets from soda bottles, red plastic cups, paper plates and tape. The goal was to beat the height set by rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard in his 1926 demonstration—41 feet high in 2.5 seconds spent in the air.

In addition to the students' rockets, county science instructors Eric Cromwell and Tim Kent fired off seven solid-fuel demonstration rockets, including two large rockets that carried altimeters aboard. The student team who used their self-made measuring devices to correctly give the closest peak altitude for those rockets will win prizes.

One of those rockets even had a camera attached. See the Youtube video attached to this article for video from that camera.

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