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3 -2-1- Blast off!

May 1, 2003

Albany-- After spending months building a rocket as part of their school project, young astronauts get to launch them. It was the 18th annual Deerfield Windsor Rocket Launch.

The fourth and fifth graders started constructing their rockets in April, and Thursday, they finally got the chance to see how well they fly.

Teacher Marie Salter said, "We incorporate math and science and more importantly following directions. Putting those rockets together step by step over a five or six month period. It is truly a labor of love that takes up most of the school year."

Fifth grader Ethan Cody is proud of the gold payload Venus II rocket he built.  "Putting the rocket together and watching it launch off is fun. That's the fun part of it."

Salter said, "The whole idea was to get students involved in science and math hands on activities."

The finale of the rocket launch, a bigger rocket with an egg payload is set up to fly, and see if the egg can survive the flight. Well, sometimes you have a dud.

The Reagan administration started the Young Astronaut Program, and Deerfield Windsor was one of the program's charter school's, and it is still a highlite for their students’ school year.

posted at 4:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com