Montini Catholic science club members have a blast with stomp rockets
Members of Montini Catholic's Science Club took advantage of the awesome weather on Thursday, April 29, to test their handmade "stomp rockets."
Science enthusiasts have found the rockets a fun way to put engineering and math skills to work -- as well as stomping skills as was found out.
Bronco Science Club members analyzed their data to support the claim that Newton's Second Law of Motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net forces on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
The Bronco science enthusiasts learned that stomp rockets, while a simple concept, can have a surprising amount of variability in the altitude they achieve.
"Each group designed their own rockets using a template or one they found online," said Sandy Deiber, Science Department Chair and club co-moderator. "They could only use paper and tape to build the rocket, while the launchers were made of pipe, tubing and a plastic two liter bottle."
By eliminating drag and streamlining their designs, students learned they could make their rockets fly higher and farther -- and had a "blast" doing it.
The Montini Catholic Science Club explores interesting and creative ideas related to science through labs, activities and a science trivia game.
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Montini Catholic, a Lasallian College Preparatory High School, is located at 19W070 16th St. in Lombard.
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