St. Andrew students send science projects blasting skyward

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Rockets blasted skyward Friday at St. Andrew Catholic School.

In a ball field across from the school, groups of science teams made up of eighth graders launched their class projects.

Science teacher Mike Fenoglio said students had been working on the projects all semester and anticipated a successful launch. St. Andrew has about 82 students in the eighth grade, Fenolglio said, and students watch the flagpole to gauge the wind prior to a launch.

“They want their rocket to go really high and their parachute to open up,” he said.

The launches, which began at 11:10 a.m., were interrupted about 1:30 p.m. by the wind but continued later, Fenoglio said.

Students logged weather conditions such as wind speed, visibility and temperature before rockets blasted off. Among other things, the students also noted flight times and made damage reports.

“It’s been really fun to see all the stuff it takes to make something go up in the sky,” said Lilly Sepanski, 13.

Bella Wilson, 14, said she was amazed at all the hard work involved in making something so small work.

Some students, Fenoglio said, are more interested in science than others and his goal is to make them interested.

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