Schools stress engineering, technology education

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

Science teacher Carol Mauro said the students had to design and build their own "rockets," then test them and evaluate the performance.

When the rockets, powered by soda pop and Mentos, didn’t fire off as planned, the students learned that they had another problem to solve.

"I think we’ve learned that some ways of doing things don’t work as well as others and when you have one that doesn’t work as well, you might have to put a little extra effort into it," said student Ellie Rogers.

Student Jacob Vernier described the problem.

"We didn’t hold it right enough on the tube so it could get enough pressure to lift off," he said. "The soda, once we poured it, lost its fizz. It was just dry. It didn’t have more pressure to go up so it was more a loss of pressure.

"Well once you fail at something, you keep on trying. Just put more time into it and look into it."

Trial and error is part of the process of science, Mauro said.

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