Rocket-launching teams vie for top spot at NASA-themed event

The Mars Rock Stars won first place with an average rocket launch of 13 yards Aug. 18 during the NASA empowerment day faciliated by Deyanira Salazar and staged at El Progreso Memorial Library for 36 local youngsters.

Students first built rockets with the help of adults and local math tutor Salazar’s helper, Uvalde High School junior Delicia Campos. Each group of six was given card stock to make rocket fins.

Large protractors were borrowed from Morales Junior High School math teachers to measure different launch angles.

Children launched rockets from 20-, 30-, and 40-degree angles to compare distances. Each team conducted three launches, and then determined the average launch using all three results.


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