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Magical day facilitating 6th grade water rockets with @benedickraikes! @The_School #scichat #STEM #MakerEd

I had such a great day with Ben Raikes (@benedickraikes) and the 6th graders! I  spent much of it (freezing) in the park to accompany our three separate learning groups as they tested their water rocket launchers. Many thanks to Katie Klein (@KKleinNYC) and Jazmin Sherwood for helping so generously at today’s soft launch too! 

Some groups noticed a few design flaws with their launcher and now have a bit of problem solving to do before Monday’s official class-wide launch. Either their collar was too loose, pieces weren’t fully glued together, screws needed to be tightened, or clamps needs to be height-adjusted. So much prototyping and learning!

Check out how Ben bravely and manually facilitated lift off for many of the rockets in the video below…

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Planning for @The_School’s next weather balloon launch with @jeffisfast & @benedickraikes! #STEM

We’re looking forward to The School‘s second annual High Altitude Weather Balloon Launch on April 18th with the Global Space Balloon Challenge. Thankfully, a brilliant parent and member of our community, Jeff Tarr (@jeffisfast) is willing to help us again this year to elevate our understanding and capabilities with this project.

I’m currently at a planning meeting with Jeff and The School’s 6th grade science teacher,  Ben Raikes (@benedickraikes), to work out the shopping list and duties for all involved. It takes a village (and a tank of helium)…

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