Annual rocket launch held at Poplar Bluff school

Annual rocket launch held at Poplar Bluff school

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Former science teacher Vic Clark returned to Poplar Bluff Junior High School on Wednesday to do the annual rocket launch for 8th grade students.

The compressed air launcher was made from a battery, wire, switch and sprinkler valve.

Students then analyzed the data to determine if the longer or shorter rockets went father.

The different rockets' angle, pressure and location were constant variables.

Before the activity, science teacher Ashley Woolard consulted her former professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Floyd Lockhart, who encouraged students to pursue careers in rocket engineering.

"Everything we have ever mined, processed, or gotten out of the earth's crust is something less than 1% of the natural resources we have in the solar system… resources we can reach with rocketry as the science has stood for the last 60 years," Lockhart wrote to the class. "This includes the materials for an Industrial Age to make the last one seem like a feeble attempt of kindergartners to draw art."

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