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NCCS AIG Students Blast Off!


rockets2The Newton-Conover Academically/Intellectually Gifted students at South Newton, North Newton, and Shuford Elementary Schools had a “blast” as they successfully launched their model rockets during the week of May 4th, culminating their 2014 – 15 AIG enrichment!  The six week rocket science study began with a field trip to UNC – Charlotte on March 19th for an exciting introduction to rocketry and engineering, presented by the university’s award winning Senior Design NASA Launch Team and Rocketry Club.  Over the course of the unit, students observed the principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion, studied mass, drag, thrust and fundamental aerodynamics and participated in various experiments with alka-seltzer, bottle and straw rockets.


rockets3Students spent several class periods constructing and personalizing their model rockets, followed by a review of the NAR rocketry safety protocol, analysis of altitude data tracking, and launch site engine preparation.  “By engaging students in active cross-curricular problem-solving and providing opportunities for hands-on, complex inquiry, all students, especially those who have academic gifts, will develop critical thinking that fosters meaningful, deep learning,” noted Jan Freeman, NCCS AIG Specialist.  “Hopefully the thrill of rocketry has triggered engineering, design, or science career interests for some of these young learners.”



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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