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District 54 students have a blast launching rockets

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  • Donald McCormick, 10, a fourth grader at Thomas Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg, hooks up his rocket called the Red Eagle at Olympic Park in Schaumburg Tuesday. His was one of 450 rockets that took to the sky as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day. Next to him is Joann Delmedico, who was the rocketeer club facilitator on site.

       Donald McCormick, 10, a fourth grader at Thomas Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg, hooks up his rocket called the Red Eagle at Olympic Park in Schaumburg Tuesday. His was one of 450 rockets that took to the sky as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day. Next to him is Joann Delmedico, who was the rocketeer club facilitator on site.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Hena Koeberl, 10, a fourth grader at Thomas Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg, hooks up her rocket called the Space Launcher at Olympic Park in Schaumburg Tuesday. Her rocket was one of 450 rockets that took to the sky as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day.

       Hena Koeberl, 10, a fourth grader at Thomas Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg, hooks up her rocket called the Space Launcher at Olympic Park in Schaumburg Tuesday. Her rocket was one of 450 rockets that took to the sky as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • One of the 450 rockets that took to the sky Tuesday as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.

       One of the 450 rockets that took to the sky Tuesday as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Rocketman Kevin Keehn has the fun job of being able to press the launch button on all 450 student-built rockets that blasted off Tuesday from Olympic Park in Schaumburg as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day.

      Rocketman Kevin Keehn has the fun job of being able to press the launch button on all 450 student-built rockets that blasted off Tuesday from Olympic Park in Schaumburg as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's rocket launch day.
    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyh erald.com

 
Daily Herald report

Students from Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 launched 450 rockets throughout the day Tuesday as the culmination of a yearlong learning project.

The launches at Schaumburg's Olympic Park involved students from all 27 of the district's schools who began exploring aerospace engineering through the NASA Rockets curriculum in September.

Activities emphasized hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork and problem-solving. Students also learned background information about the history of rockets before they began work on launching their own.

The district partnered with Siemens Corporation for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiative.

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