News Flash

LEISD News

Posted on: March 22, 2019

The Rocket Project: Chavez Elementary

rocket on a launch pad at Chavez about to take off

Rockets, on a smaller scale, are relatively easy to launch. You place it on a launch pad and watch it take off into the air. But for one Chavez Elementary fifth-grade science teacher, sometimes what you predict will happen, doesn't, but that's what makes science so unique. "We had a rocket come straight at me and end up in the back of a pick-up truck," said Wende Smith. "No damage was done though!"

For the eighth straight year, and only Smith's fourth year leading the Rocket Project at Chavez, 32 fifth graders participated in this extracurricular take-home project. "This was an eight-day project where the students spent 30 minutes each day completing the project," said Smith.

The purpose of the project is to provide students with real-world application about how different materials can affect the performance of a project and to problem-solve when things don't go as planned. Students are given information about rocket engines and have to determine which engine would be best for their rocket based on the weight of the construction material used. In the process, students learned about aerodynamics, propulsion, force, and motion. On launch day, all students recorded observational data about each rockets' flight, stability, and deployment.

"Many students who did not participate wished they had built a rocket after being spectators at launch day. We hope to encourage more participation next year by having current fifth-grade students share out their experiences," said Smith

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in LEISD News

Brent Artists

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: April 18, 2019
Lobo Pride at Prestwick

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: April 12, 2019
Destination2025

Destination 2025: A Renewed Focus

Posted on: April 17, 2019
LEHS wins audio book reading challenge

Readers are Leaders

Posted on: April 9, 2019
AV Students in the Broadcast Booth

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: April 4, 2019
Prestwick students showing off engineering skills

School Isn't What It Used to Be

Posted on: March 28, 2019
Contraction Surgery at Hackberry

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: March 29, 2019
Girls Soccer District Champions

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: March 22, 2019
Lakeside Choir

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: March 8, 2019
Read Across LE Volunteers at Oak Point

Around the District...in Pictures

Posted on: March 1, 2019
Amanda Miller - Teacher of the Year

2018-2019 Lobos of the Year

Posted on: February 28, 2019
National Signing Day at LEHS

National Signing Day 2019

Posted on: February 8, 2019
Little ELm Rural School Class Photo

A Look Back In Time...

Posted on: October 11, 2018
LIINK - 3 kids playing outside

#WeAreLittleElm

Posted on: October 18, 2017