Rocketry Camp lets Arlington middle schoolers reach for the stars

Rocketry Camp lets Arlington middle schoolers reach for the stars
Rocketry CampDozens of Arlington middle school students are spending this week learning about aerodynamics, drag, thrust, lift and other concepts at Rocketry Camp. The students build kites to learn about lift and drag, launch water rockets to understand thrust, create a capsule with an “egg-stronaut,” and shoot rockets into the air. Organizers have also partnered with the Pacific Science Center so students can learn about infrared technology.

Seventh-graders Kendyll Simmons and Sarah Martin worked together to build a triangle-shaped kite. Using a fan in the hallway at Haller Middle School, they had to keep modifying their kite to get it to work correctly.

“We had to keep adjusting the placement of the string on the kite to give it the correct lift so it would fly into the air,” they said. “It was fun building and testing the kite.”

“This camp teaches the students great engineering and problem solving skills all while having fun,” said Rachel Harrington, Camp Instructor and Haller Science Teacher. “We want to create a lifelong passion for learning.”

The camp is sponsored by NASA and the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline.