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Successful “Blast Off” to AIG Rocketry Study

rockets1rockets2Fourth and fifth grade AIG students traveled to UNC-Charlotte on March 19th for an exciting introduction to rocket science, presented by the university’s award winning Senior Design NASA Launch Team and Rocketry Club.  The Club members highlighted the importance of diverse engineering fields in the development, design, and construction of rockets, and followed with an exhibit of rocket components essential to successful launch and recovery.  After the presentation, design engineers directed AIG students in the construction of bottle rockets, outlining the significance of mass, drag, and balance in a rocket’s launch success.


The most exciting activity of the day was the actual launch event, held in an open courtyard behind the UNC-C Motorsports Engineering Laboratory.  All AIG students participated in the successful launch and recovery of their rockets.  After lunch at the Student Union, students returned to the Duke Centennial Engineering building for a presentation by the UNC-C 2014 First Place robotics team, a four-man engineering cohort.

Students are now prepared to delve into rocket science and model rocket building in the AIG classroom.  During the last week of April or first week of May, they will conduct their own launch day at their respective schools, with Mrs. Freeman serving as control and launch supervisor.



About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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