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Auburn students teach kids about rockets

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AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn engineering students became teachers Thursday afternoon as they taught middle school students about the science behind rockets.

Science class got outside of the classroom at Drake Middle School in Auburn. And all eyes were focused on the skies.

 “Our rocket is designed to look kind of like fire. It makes it look like when it goes up, it looks like fire is coming out of the rocket,” said 7th grader Gracie Davis.

Students like Gracie have been learning about g-forces and their effects on humans. And the teachers are students from Auburn.

 “It's really exciting for us to see this kind of engagement coming from these young kids who would usually be complaining about learning about science and math and stuff like that,” said Auburn Junior A.J. Pollard.

The Auburn students have been instructors for three days. Under NASA's University Student Launch Initiative program, the team taught students about what astronauts go through, and then the built the rockets.

And so their final lesson is when they can do their countdown for launch

Experiments just like this inspired some of the Auburn students to major in aerospace engineering.

 “I know when I was in middle school; our teachers let us have a rocketry unit. We were able to launch rockets in our football field up in North Alabama. I remember that like it was yesterday. Here I am today studying aerospace engineering,” Pollard said.

And even if NASA isn't in the future for some of these middle schoolers, they still had a good time.

“It’s a lot more fun than taking notes,” Davis said.

The Auburn students say their course will inspire kids to learn about math and science even if they have no interest in rockets.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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