RCS Science Students Launch Rocket
RCS faculty and students cheered as 5th grade students launched a rocket on campus. The rocket was built by RCS fifth graders after they learned about the ill fated mission of Apollo 13 through their email communication with Astronaut James Lovell. Sheldon Davidson, an engineer with the NASA space shuttle program skyped with the fifth grade students from his office in Florida to teach them about the inner workings of the space shuttle. RCS students learned about propulsion, aerodynamics and safety and were able to build their own version of the Saturn V Rocket. The students hard work came to fruition as the rocket took flight. The successful mission lasted 24 seconds. Students beamed as they watched the rocket launch perfectly and return safely to Earth.