Photos: Southold students blast off ‘rockets’

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Southold Elementary School students fired off two-liter soda bottles Tuesday morning as part of a science project.

Two-litter soda bottles filled with water and air pressure soared above Southold Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a science project for sixth-grade teacher Jean Dempsey’s class.

Ms. Dempsey and math specialist Sam Wertheim said their students split into groups, were given a “$1 million” budget to create the bottle rockets and learned how to write checks to purchase the rocket materials, consultant fees, fuel and other expenses. The project is part of the district’s science, technology, engineering and math program known as STEM.

“Project-based learning helps students develop everyday skills,” Ms. Dempsey said. “We want to provide them with hands-on projects because they learn by doing.”

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